Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ljungberg happy in Paradise

Published 22/01/2011 | 05:00

Freddie Ljungberg recognises the pressure of winning every game at Celtic from his time at Arsenal -- and he wouldn't have it any other way.

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The Swedish star (33) will make his home debut against Aberdeen in the SPL today after three away appearances for the club following his arrival in December.

With Rangers just two points behind Celtic at the top of the table and with two games in hand, the former Gunners midfielder knows that there is little room for error, but he is comfortable with the expectations and demands of a successful team.

"At Arsenal we were a good team and we almost never lost, but if we did I was embarrassed that we had let people down as people cared," said Ljungberg. "I feel that it is the same thing here. If we lose a game here people will let us know and that is what football is all about.

"If you want to be at the top you are supposed to win. That's the mentality I have had my whole life. That's the kind of clubs I have always been with.

"I think it's important to build a relationship with the fans and so I will try to play as well as I can."

James Forrest is suspended for today's match, having had his appeal against a red card picked up in the 1-1 draw at Hamilton turned down.

Greek striker Georgios Samaras is still out with a hamstring injury, but Anthony Stokes, Daryl Murphy, Paddy McCourt and Richie Towell are all included in the squad.

Irish Independent

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