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Celtic boss Lennon’s delight as Canadian De Rosario jets in

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed that Canada midfielder Dwayne De Rosario could join Freddie Ljungberg in training with his squad ahead of the January transfer window.

Toronto midfielder De Rosario, 32, has been offered to Lennon as he looks to strengthen his squad.

Ljungberg, 33, trained with Celtic today after declaring himself ready to play in Sunday's Old Firm derby if the Glasgow club follow up their interest in him.

De Rosario could follow if Lennon likes what he sees from the midfielder, who has scored 15 goals in 55 international appearances.

Lennon said: “Dwayne might be another one who we may be able to bring in for a week or so to have a look at him.

“He's a player who has been put to me. I've not had time to see much of him. But hopefully today I will get the chance to view some footage of him to see what I think.”

Lennon has not ruled out signing both Ljungberg and De Rosario.

He added: “I'm not saying we are going to sign everyone who comes our way, and I'm not saying this is a done deal.

“But it might just be a little bonus for us along the way without costing us the earth.”

De Rosario had a short spell with German side FSV Zwickau but has played in Major League Soccer for almost a decade, playing for San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo before joining Toronto.

Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Ljungberg finished his MLS season with Chicago Fire in November after a summer move from Seattle Sounders, and appears keen to return to Europe.

His agent claimed at the end of the MLS season that up to 12 European clubs had expressed interest in signing him and Celtic defender Jos Hooiveld was impressed with what he saw of the Swede in training yesterday.

“He was in very good form,” said Hooiveld. “We want players like Freddie who can provide something extra.”

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