It was only five months ago when Celtic FC came to Seattle for a midsummer’s friendly against Sounders FC. In case you don’t remember, it was a bit of an underwhelming match-up — one marred by an interesting red-card decision — and Freddie Ljungberg didn’t even play.
Fast forward to year’s end and the Swede appears close to signing with the Scottish club. Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed that Ljungberg, whose MLS contract has expired, is set to begin a trial with the Bhoys of Glasgow. Here are some quotes courtesy of this BBC report:
“He’s coming in and he’ll have a look at us,” said Lennon. “We think he’s got great calibre.
“He’s been a world-class player for a long time.”
“He’s got the quality, so he’s coming in for a couple of days and if we like each other, we might be able to get a deal done.
“It’s a bit of personality, and a bit of character – but, above all that, he’ll bring a bit of quality as well.”
A personality that ultimately didn’t fit in Seattle, which put in motion his trade to the Chicago Fire. If you remember this post from a while back, Ljungberg’s signing with Celtic would officially give Sounders FC the Fire’s second-round pick in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft.
Here’s the applicable scenario:
A) If Chicago does not re-sign Ljungberg, then Seattle receives the 27th overall pick (the Fire’s second-round pick) in the 2011 draft.”
While this move isn’t yet official, it certainly sounds like Ljungberg’s MLS days are over, doesn’t it?