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Ljungberg signs with Scotland’s Celtic

Former Arsenal and West Ham star Freddie Ljungberg has signed for Celtic, the Scottish Premier League (SPL) leaders announced here on Thursday.

Ljungberg signs with Scotland's Celtic

The 33-year-old Ljungberg, capped 75 times by Sweden, passed a medical on Thursday and could make his debut for the Glasgow giants in Sunday’s Old Firm derby away to bitter rivals Rangers at Ibrox.

“Celtic are delighted to announce the signing of Freddie Ljungberg,” said a club statement.

Ljungberg, who has been training with Celtic this week, was at Parkhead on Wednesday to watch the 1-0 win over Motherwell that saw the Hoops go back to the top of the SPL.

Although terms of the deal have not been disclosed, reports in the Scottish press have said Ljungberg has signed until the end of the season with a view to extending his stay if the move proves successful.

Celtic need cover for South Korean internationals Cha Du-Ri and Ki Sung-Yueng who both scored in Sunday’s 2-0 win over St Johnstone, their last club match before leaving for the Asian Cup in Qatar which starts next month.

Ljungberg, who has spent the last 18 months playing in the United States with Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire, is due to give a news conference at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training centre on Friday.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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