Juarez relishing Celtic arrival
New Celtic defender Efrain Juarez says he is relishing the prospect of guiding his new club to silverware.
By Andres Garavaglia
Last Updated: 26/07/10 7:56am
New Celtic defender Efrain Juarez says he is relishing the prospect of guiding his new club to silverware this season.
Juarez agreed to join Neil Lennon's side earlier in July and the former Pumas defender can now link up with his team-mates after securing a work permit.
The Mexican, who featured for his country at this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, says he is aware of the historical aura surrounding the Bhoys.
And the 22-year-old, speaking at the airport before his departure to Parkhead, made clear his intention that he has joined the Glasgow giants to be successful.
Speaking to Mediotiempo about his move, Juarez said: "I am very happy, with a big expectation. I am going to a historical team, not only in Scotland, also in Europe.
"I know that in the last years they didn't have so much success but I am going there to help the team to win titles.
"It's an extra motivation for me to know what the local press has been saying about my arrival to Celtic.
"I am going to give all the best from me, dedication, effort and hard work. In addition, I will also try to put Mexico's name as high as possible."
One of the biggest challenges awaiting Juarez is the Old Firm derby against Rangers that he will encounter with his new employers.
The two foes collide for the first time in October and Juarez is acutely aware of the magnitude of the clash between the city rivals.
He added: "The derby against Rangers is a match that is played with a very big expectation, it's a match to be dead or alive.
"It's a derby that puts an entire city in shock for 90 minutes and it's played like any derby in the world because there is a very big rivalry."