Ledley feels the love

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New Celtic signing Joe Ledley revealed he "fell in love" with the club on his first visit to Parkhead but Jimmy Bullard was not won over so easily as his proposed move collapsed.

Ledley signed a four-year deal after rejecting a new contract offer at Cardiff but Bullard's financial demands have scuppered a loan move from Hull.

He said: "I came up to have a look at the stadium and the training facilities and I fell in love with the club straight away."

The Wales midfielder will take part in Celtic's North American tour, however Aiden McGeady and Stephen McManus were notable absentees as the squad flew out from Glasgow Airport.

McGeady, the subject of weekend speculation over a possible move to Aston Villa, was withdrawn with a thigh injury and the winger will undergo a scan on Tuesday. Former skipper McManus was left behind in order to complete a permanent transfer to Middlesbrough.

Ledley, who made more than 250 appearances for Cardiff, told his new club's online Channel 67: "It was a hard decision because I've been there since I was nine.

"I've been there all my career but my contract ran out and I think it was time to move on.

"I had some great memories at Cardiff, it is a great club but I think the time is right to move on to a bigger club with a great stadium and support.

"It's a massive club, so I'm happy to sort the contract out and sign for Celtic.

"I'm looking forward to knuckling down to the hard work of pre-season and then the start of the season. The fans expect you to win every game so it's down to us players to do that."

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