Belfast Telegraph

Celtic want to end Kewell Kop nightmare

By Paul Ferguson

SPL champions Celtic are on the verge of ending Harry Kewell's nightmare at Liverpool.

The former Leeds United winger is available on a free transfer this summer after failing to agree terms on a new contract at Anfield with manager Rafa Benitez.

And Celtic boss Gordon Strachan, the Belfast Telegraph understands, is ready to pounce as he attempts to strengthen his squad ahead of next season's Champions League games.

Australian international Kewell has spent five seasons at the Reds but made only 138 appearances as his Anfield career was ravaged by a series of injuries.

However he did earn a Champions League winners medal in 2005 despite having to hobble off early in the first half.

Kewell agreed to leave after boss Benitez wanted to cut his wages dramatically — which were believed to be around £75,000 a week!

Celtic will now offer Kewell a massive £40,000 a week which will make him the highest paid footballer at Parkhead.

A source close to Kewell told the Belfast Telegraph last night: "It's a done deal — Harry will be on his way to Celtic.

"They are going to offer him £40,000 and I believe that will make him Celtic's biggest earner.

"But for Harry it's not all about money — he simply wants to play football on a regular basis again."

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