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Balde out to emulate 'hero' Cadete at Celtic


Amido Balde

Amido Balde

Amido Balde

PORTUGUESE striker Amido Balde checked into Celtic after penning a four-year deal then declared he hopes to emulate compatriot Jorge Cadete and become a Hoops hero.

The 22-year-old Vitoria Guimaraes frontman moves to Parkhead as part of a reported £2million deal. The 6ft 4ins player started his career at Sporting Lisbon, the same club former Portugal forward Cadete left to join Tommy Burns' team back in 1996.

One of the so-called 'Three Amigos' alongside Pierre van Hooijdonk and Paolo Di Canio, he earned himself iconic status with the Celtic support as he struck 38 goals in just 48 games for the Glasgow giants.

Now Portugal Under-20 international Balde hopes to achieve similar success in Scotland. He said: "I know Jorge Cadete from Sporting Lisbon because I played at the same club growing up. He was a very big striker in Portugal and a good one too. I would like to follow him and become a hero here and do even better if possible."

Balde is manager Neil Lennon's first summer signing but insisted he was hoping to partner – and not replace – Gary Hooper after Celtic rejected a £4million bid from Premier League new boys Hull City this week.

"I am here because I am 22 years old to learn from Gary," he said.

"The Celtic fans can expect to see me scoring goals and setting up a few as well."