The Daily Record reports that Michael Duberry´s new manager at Oxford United claims Celtic tried to sign him from St Johnstone in the January transfer window.
The 35-year-old left McDiarmid Park to sign a two-year deal with the League Two club, and boss Chris Wilder has revealed he snapped up the former Chelsea defender after a recommendation from Hoops Coach, Garry Parker.
Wilder said: “We don’t just sign players on a whim. We’ve done extensive homework on Michael. He’s mobile and he’s ambitious.
“I’ve got to say a thank you to Garry Parker, who gave him a really good reference. Celtic showed an interest in him at Christmas and they were looking to bring him into the club, but Michael wanted to play regularly.
“He got his career back on track by playing football and going up to Scotland. He’s been excellent up there.”
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Miller down under.
Former Celtic midfielder Liam Miller has joined Hyundai A League side Perth Glory on a two-year deal, reports the Daily Mail.
The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international is out of contract with Scottish club Hibernian and is excited to be heading to Australia ahead of his new club´s friendly with Celtic on June 9.
“I’m thrilled to be heading to Perth,” said Miller. “I have heard a lot of wonderful things about the city but football is the most important thing.
“Perth Glory is a proud club with a great history and I’m looking forward to the new challenge when I join my new team mates.”
Miller´s signing comes after Robbie Fowler announced his decision to quit the club in order to study for his coaching badges in the UK.
Reid steps down.
Businessman Ian Bankier is to become the new Chairman of Celtic Football Club after John Reid announced he will step down at the club´s next AGM.
Former Home Secretary issued a statement on Celtic´s Official Website: “It has been an honour to have been Chairman of this great club for the past four years. We have come through a challenging period, but I believe we have come through stronger than ever.
“We now have in place a new, young talented managerial team led by Neil Lennon and capable of great things. Equally, we have recruited and shaped a new, young and talented squad whose promise for the future we have only begun to glimpse.”
Bankier, the executive Chairman of the Whisky Shop chain, will initially join as a non-executive director before stepping up to his new role.