Ricken linked with Bhoys

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Celtic have become the latest club to be linked with out-of-favour Borussia Dortmund midfielder Lars Ricken.

The 28-year-old has not figured in Bert van Marwijk's plans this season, having already been told that he is surplus to requirements at the Westfalenstadion.

Spanish side Mallorca have been mentioned with the Germany international while English Premiership side Manchester City have failed with their bid to lure Ricken to Eastlands.

Despite interest from other clubs, Ricken is determined to see out his contract with the Ruhr Valley club, which runs until the summer of 2006.

His chances of getting back into van Marwijk's first team, however, would not have been aided by his public criticism of the Dutch coach back in November.

With The Bhoys becoming the latest side to show interest, it remains to be seen if this month's transfer window will change Ricken's mind and make him consider a move away from Dortmund before the end of the month.