Rivaldo set for Celtic

By Mark Kendall   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Rivaldo is reported to be on the verge on completing a move to Scottish champions Celtic.

The Daily Record claims The Bhoys have invited the Brazilian star on their pre-season tour of America, and suggest he could make his Celtic bow against Chelsea on July 24.

The 32-year-old is a free agent having quit Cruziero in February and is also a target for Premiership outfit Bolton Wanderers.

However, as skysports.com exclusively revealed, the former Barcelona and Milan forward set his heart on a move to Parkhead because of the lure of UEFA Champions League football.

Rivaldo looks set to be joined at Celtic by compatriot Marcio Amoroso who is also a free agent having departed Borussia Dortmund.

A number of Premiership clubs were tracking the enigmatic striker, but he too appears to be ready to commit to the SPL giants.

Meanwhile, Bhoys midfielder Neil Lennon has warned the Glasgow titans that he wants assurances about the future of Martin O'Neill before he commits to a new contract at the club.

O'Neill has been linked with a summer move away from Celtic and is rumoured to be on Liverpool's short-list to replace Gerard Houllier.

Tottenham are also thought to be keen on the former Leicester City chief, and Lennon insists he will not ink a new deal at Parkhead until O'Neill's future is guaranteed.

"We are in discussions about a new contract but that will all be on hold until things are resolved with the manager," the 32-year-old stated.

"Obviously he is the gaffer at the minute and I'm talking with him.

"Things will change if he does go but I'm keeping my fingers crossed he doesn't.

"He is his own man and he is always going to be linked with every big job that comes along because of his record."


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