Hoops switch excites Juarez

Mexican pleased to have joined Bhoys

Juarez: Raring to go

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Efrain Juarez is delighted to have completed his move to Celtic, insisting they were always his first choice.

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"I always work to get into the starting XI and for the good of the team. To represent these colours, I would play in goal."

Efrain Juarez.

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The Mexico international has penned a four-year contract at Parkhead, following a protracted move from UNAM Pumas.

He was officially unveiled as a Hoops player on Monday and immediately endeared himself to the supporters with a glowing assessment of the club.

Juarez believes he has joined one of the biggest sides in European football and is determined to do all he can to help them to maintain that standing.

"I'm very excited," he said.

"It's a big club, a historic club, not only in Scotland but Europe and the world.

"My agent told me Celtic were interested and I didn't have to think twice.

"I said 'I'll sign a deal with this team'. I admire the values of the club, it's one of the most important clubs in Europe."

Trophies

Juarez has also made it perfectly clear what his targets are upon finalising his move to Glasgow.

"I want to win trophies and championships," he said.

"This club is used to winning trophies and this is my goal."

He added: "I've been training very hard and I want to be in the starting XI.

"I feel good but it's not my decision. If the coach thinks I'm ready then I'll be delighted to play."

Juarez insists he is prepared to play wherever Neil Lennon feels he can be utilised best, with his versatility likely to come in useful over the course of a long, hard season.

He said: "Right-back or midfield, it's the same.

"I always work to get into the starting XI and for the good of the team. To represent these colours, I would play in goal."