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Monday 11 December 2017

Andrews snubs Celtic for Trotters

KEITH Andrews has snubbed Celtic in favour of joining Championship side Bolton.

The Ireland midfielder was a free agent after his contract with West Brom expired and the club decided not to extend it.

Andrews was a favourite of now England manager Roy Hodgson at West Brom but new boss Steve Clarke decided he was not in the club's plans for going forward.

Andrews, who was widely hailed as Ireland's best player at Euro 2012, decided to sign for Bolton ahead of Celtic in order to be near to his family in the North West of England. The lure of being near them was too much for the 31-year-old who turned down potential Champions League football to join relegated Bolton. He is set to sign a contract with the Lancashire club when he returns from holiday next week.

Turbulent

It has been a turbulent few months for Andrews who started the season playing for Blackburn Rovers before he lost his place in the team and was loaned out to Ipswich Town. He then completed a transfer day deadline move to West Brom after handing in a transfer request at Blackburn Rovers.

The move comes as a blow to Celtic who were eager to sign the midfielder but they could now turn their attention to Simon Cox who has caught the eye of Hoops' boss Neil Lennon.

Lennon is desperate to shake up his club so they can return to the Champions League proper and has also set his sights on Hugo Rodallega, who was recently released from Wigan.

Celtic have also confirmed that Efrain Juarez has left the club to return to Club America in his native Mexico. Juarez joined Celtic on the back of an impressive World Cup campaign but he only scored two goals in 20 appearances over two years.

Juarez said: "In my experience there were very good moments and a few that were not so good. In the end I don't consider it a disappointment. The coach, Neil Lennon, is always seeking changes and I was among them."

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