We have seen so many times before players coming towards the end of their careers join Celtic only to have been massive flops. Roy Keane, Juninho, Ian Wright and Dion Dublin to name a few, can Freddie Ljungberg be any different?
In recent times it has seemed that the former Swedish international has been more interested in his modeling career and the big money moves that the US offers than continuing his football career, I can’t help but take a cynical view on the former Arsenal man’s transfer.
It is fair to say that Ljungberg didn’t exactly enjoy the most fruitful of times at his previous two clubs in America, The Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire, so what makes us think that playing in the SPL will be any different? Surely the SPL isn’t any better or worse than the MLS?
You can bet that the part time model is on big bucks and for what he offers is it all really worth it? Some would argue that he has a point to prove and with his eagerness to return to a place where football means so much it is only fair that we give the Swede a chance.
Before last weekend’s Old Firm match there was no doubting the fact that he was keen to impress and raring to go. He says “This is the kind of game I’ve missed. Henrik and Johan Mjallby would tell me about the game against Rangers whenever I met them on international duty with Sweden. They’d tell me about the passion, the unbelievable atmosphere and how much the people cared about the outcome. Ever since I arrived in Glasgow the Celtic supporters have been coming up to me in the street and saying, Please sign for us. Freddie”.
Time will only tell whether Celtic have managed to bag a prized asset, however I can’t help but feel Ljunberg is just another has been who is eager to end his career at one of Europe’s top clubs with a healthy cash pay out.