Ljungberg ready for Celtic challenge

New signing Freddie Ljungberg pledged to wear Celtic's number seven shirt with pride after being unveiled at Parkhead.

The 33-year-old Swedish midfielder has signed until the end of the season after leaving Seattle Sounders at the end of his Major League Soccer contract.

He has been handed one of the club's most iconic numbers and hopes to do it justice between now and the end of the campaign.

"When I was at Arsenal I had Ian Wright's number and he was a legend there. I'll try to do the same here with the number seven shirt - to wear it with pride and do my best," he said.

Ljungberg also spoke of his delight at moving back to European football following his American adventure.

"In America the league is much better than it gets credit for but Celtic are a massive club and what I missed the most in America was the passion for the sport," he said.

"If you're looking for passion then it's here. There is great support. The fans and the passion are very good here and it's a great team.

"Celtic is a very big club with great management staff too."

Hoops boss Neil Lennon said Ljungberg would be pushing for a place against Rangers in Sunday's Old Firm derby.

"It's a tough question because he hasn't played much football since October but obviously he's still in great condition and he's come through the medical, which is quite stringent here, with no problems at all. He is in contention."

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