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  • Bailly: I hope my career is just starting now I’m with Celtic

    Bailly: I hope my career is just starting now I’m with Celtic

    By: Joe Sullivan on 08 Jul, 2015 15:51

  • GOALKEEPER, Logan Bailly is the latest player to join the Celtic squad at Paradise after making the move from OH Leuven in his native Belgium.

    He moved to Genk in 2002 from the Standard Liege youth side and in season 2006/07 he emerged as their first choice keeper and that sparked a move to German giants, Borussia Munchengladbach the following term.

    Bailly also spent time in Switzerland on loan at Celtic’s old European foes, Neuchatel Xamax as well as representing Belgium at every level from Under-16 up to the national side’s senior team and he is delighted at joining the Hoops on a three-year deal.

    He said:  “It’s a great feeling, it’s big team with a big history and I’m very happy I’m here. When you see Celtic from the outside, you know it is a big team but when you are here you realise that it is a lot bigger.

     “My manager told me about the interest but when you hear that a club like Celtic is interested in you, at first you don’t believe it, it’s like a dream to pay for Celtic. When you play football you dream of playing on the big stage.”

    Bailly will take up the No.26 shirt this season, the one left on the peg by Craig Gordon who will now sport the No.1 shirt this term, but the Belgian new Bhoy is looking to follow Celtic’s top keeper in other ways as well.

    He said on challenging Craig Gordon: “I have a lot of respect for him because he is a great goalkeeper with a lot of experience in a long career so it will be nice to be training with him.

    “I’m 29 but I can still learn a lot from him. I think I’m in my prime just now as 29 or 30-years-old is a great age for a goalkeeper.

    “As I said, I’m 29 but I hope that my career is starting now and I still have a few years left to play football.”

    The keeper has already met his new team-mates up at Lennoxtown and is looking forward to settling in there, and in Scotland after playing in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

    He said: “I was up at the training complex yesterday morning and I met the players. Every country is different but this is my first time in Scotland and if you are happy in your football then everything else is alright.

    “Glasgow looks like a great city and I think I’m going to be very happy here.”

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