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Celtic signs Mexican defender Juarez

  • BBC, Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:28 PM

The ranks of Concacaf players in Scottish soccer has increased by one, according to Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

On Thursday, a day after Celtic lost an exhibition to MLS expansion team Philadelphia, 1-0, Lennon said he hoped a deal for Efrain Juarez would be completed in time for him to play during Celtic's North American tour, which continues in Toronto Friday with a friendly against Manchester United.

Juarez has played the past two seasons for UNAM Pumas, which is also in the USA, to play in SuperLiga; he is listed on the team's roster for the competition but didn't play Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to New England. Lennon said he spotted Juarez when Mexico played England in a pre-World Cup friendly at Wembley. Juarez, 22, played three World Cup games for Mexico. He was on the books at Barcelona and played for its B team before moving to Pumas in 2008.

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