Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Celtic's Efrain Juarez loving life with Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez believes joining Celtic was the best decision he could have made and says manager Neil Lennon made a big impression on him during his brief time with the club in the United States.

Juarez signed a four-year contract with the Hoops on Saturday and linked up with his new side in America to watch the team's friendly against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

The 22-year-old, who played in the World Cup, is back in Mexico and awaiting a work permit, but claims his brief time with the Scottish club in the USA has left him excited about the move to Glasgow.

“I'm so happy and excited because I had my first contact with the team, with the coaching staff, and they are as excited as I am,” he said.

“Joining Celtic is the best decision I could have taken because the team has given me all the confidence I need and my aim is to help keep the club up there in the position it belongs.”

Juarez, who had a spell as Barcelona as a youngster, was particularly impressed by Lennon.

“The coach, Neil Lennon, is a great guy — a great person who welcomed me from the first moment, spoke to me and made me aware of what he wants from me,” he said. “I am very grateful because they have welcomed me with open arms.”

Juarez hopes to link up with his new team-mates in the next few days after returning to Scotland.