Celtic news – Turkish ace in Hoops link, Juarez future on hold, Bouzid keen on Old Firm move

Juarez future on hold.

Efrain Juarez has put his Celtic future on the back-burner as he concentrates on playing for his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The 23-year-old joined the Hoops from Mexican club Pumas last summer but has managed only 19 appearances after failing to impress manager Neil Lennon.

Juarez has recently been linked with a move to Real Zaragoza, who are coached by fellow countryman Javier Aguirre, and he told the Daily Record: “The truth is I have told my agent that while I am in the Mexican team for this tournament there will be no transfer talk.

“My future will be decided after the Gold Cup because it is important I concentrate fully on playing for Mexico and not get distracted.”

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Bouzid keen on Old Firm move.

Algerian international defender Ismael Bouzid has admitted he would relish the chance of playing for either of the Old Firm clubs if he got the chance.

Bouzid, 27, has been previously linked with both Celtic and Rangers and was released by Hearts at the end of the season.

“Everyone knows Celtic and Rangers are two massive clubs,” he told the Daily Record. “If you get the chance to play there it would be good for you, and I’ll check with my agent when I return from holiday next week and see what is happening.

“I was happy with Hearts? but in terms of a contract what happens on the pitch and in the office is often different.

“Sometimes you can be happy playing with a club and not find a solution behind the scenes,” he added.

Turkish ace in Hoops link.

According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic and Rangers are set to go head-to-head this summer in a bid to land Turkish international centre-back Gokhan Zan.

The 29-year-old Galatasaray man, reported to be on £50,000- a-week in Istanbul, is a free agent and has told the club he wants to try his luck abroad next season and is prepared to take a 50% pay cut to do so.

The 6ft 3in stopper is known as a commanding figure at the back and Hoops boss Neil Lennon is eager to partner him with Swede Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of his defence.

However, Lennon faces competition from new Rangers boss Ally McCoist who may need to replace David Weir if the 41-year-old decides to take up the offer of a coaching role with former club Everton.

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