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Sheridan admits it's a risk but can't wait to join Sofia

WE'VE BEEN buying their villas and ski holidays for years and now it's our turn to sell something to them, as Celtic's Cillian Sheridan is finally on his way to Bulgaria, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The Cavan native, capped twice at senior level, will line out for the Irish U21 side against Estonia tonight, the first part of a busy week for the player. After that he will link up with the senior squad for tomorrow's friendly against Argentina and the following day is expected to complete his move to CSKA Sofia.

It's a big move for a player, risky already to leave Celtic without the pressure of becoming the first Irishman to play in Bulgaria, but he says he's happy to take the chance.

"I know there are a few Brazilians playing in the league out there but I think I will be the first man from Ireland," Sheridan told the Herald. "It's funny that myself and Aiden McGeady are both leaving Celtic at the same time and heading to the same part of the world. I spoke to Aiden last week when he was over in Moscow. He's looking forward to that move if it works out and I am looking forward to Sofia.

"It's a risk and a big step. The hardest thing will be settling in. It's a new country, a new culture and a new language but I'm willing to give it a go. Hopefully if the football is going well for me, everything else will fall into place.

"It's got the potential to be a really good move for me. If I can do well I can get to play in Europe and hopefully keep my place in the Ireland squad. It's all agreed, I just have to go over and sign. I'm not sure when that will happen, maybe Thursday or Friday of this week but I expect it to go through.

"They have agreed a fee with Celtic so it's just down to me. But the first thing for me to focus on is the Estonia game with the U21s," he said.