Juarez thrilled at Celtic switch

By 20 July 2010 02:03

Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez believes joining Celtic was the best decision he could have made and says manager Neil Lennon made a big impression on him during his brief time with the club in the United States.

Juarez, who can play as a central defender, full-back or defensive midfielder, signed a four-year contract with the Hoops on Saturday and linked up with his new side in America to watch the team's friendly against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

"They wanted me to play, but I couldn't because of the situation of the transfer," the former Pumas player told the Mexican press on arrival back in his homeland.

The 22-year-old, who played in central midfield at the World Cup, is back in Mexico and awaiting a work permit, but claims his brief time with the Scottish club in the USA has left him excited about the move to Glasgow.

"I'm so happy and excited because I had my first contact with the team, with the coaching staff, and they are as excited as I am," he said.

"I was with them for practically the whole day. I went to the friendly match and watched from the bench.

"(Joining Celtic) is the best decision I could have taken because the team has given me all the confidence (I need) and my aim is to help keep the club up there in the position it belongs."

Juarez, who had a spell as Barcelona as a youngster, was particularly impressed by Lennon.

"The coach, Neil Lennon, is a great guy - a great person who welcomed me from the first moment, spoke to me and made me aware of what he wants from me," he said.

"I am very grateful because they have welcomed me with open arms."

Source: PA

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