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Juarez eager to get started with Celtic

Efrain Juarez is confident he is ready to make his Celtic debut in Portugal despite ending last season one month ago.

The 22-year-old played in Mexico's World Cup exit at the hands of Argentina but could line up against Sporting Braga in the Champions League tomorrow night.

The versatile player, who is comfortable in midfield or at full-back, was named in Celtic's Champions League squad ahead of the third qualifying round first leg.

"I'd be delighted to play against Braga if asked," the former Pumas player said.

"I've had two weeks holiday in Acapulco and I'm feeling fine. A break of a couple of weeks should be enough for any player, whether they've played in the World Cup or not.

"I don't need time to adapt to a new country either. I'll get a house, bring my parents over to Scotland for a while and then get on with it."

Juarez revealed he had not thought twice about joining Celtic despite reports of interest from Barcelona, where he spent several years as a teenager.

And he feels that time away from his homeland will make it easy for him to adapt to Scottish life and football.

"Celtic is going to be good for my education in the game," he said.

"I've joined a team known throughout Europe and beyond, and that was as important as the chance to play in the Champions League," the Mexican added.

"Barcelona was a good experience for me. I was very young and it helped me mature.

"I spoke to Marc Crosas, who was my team-mate there, before joining Celtic. He told me what a big club it (Celtic) is."

Lennon this morning confirmed that striker Gary Hooper has completed his move from Scunthorpe and will join the squad for the Champions League tie against Braga.

The 22-year-old is due arrived at Glasgow airport this morning to meet up with his new team-mates before they fly to Portugal.


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