Hoops urged to seal Andrews deal

by Setanta Staff , 31 May 2012 Celtic_SPL

Celtic have been urged by former Republic of Ireland midfielder Ray Houghton to snap up Keith Andrews ahead of West Brom this summer.

Houghton spoke out to advise Hoops chief Neil Lennon to follow up his initial interest in the 31-year-old, who is available on a Bosman free transfer after his short-term contract with West Brom expired at the end of the season.

The Baggies were thought to be keen on tying down Andrews to a new deal, but Roy Hodgson's departure from the Hawthorns to take over the England job has delayed that going through and it has now opened the door to other clubs.

As a result Houghton feels Andrews, who is in the Republic of Ireland squad for the European Championships, would be the perfect addition to the SPL champions' squad for the upcoming season.

"Keith would be a tremendous acquisition for Celtic," Houghton told the Daily Record. "He has a fantastic attitude and is a born winner. He loves a challenge and is not afraid to put his foot in.

"He also has a great engine, can get up and down the park and weighs in with the odd goal now and then.

"This boy can play and I would be absolutely delighted if Celtic signed him as it would be a real coup for the club.

"I am sure Celtic will be among a number of clubs looking to sign Keith after the Euros.

"Champions League football could help Celtic as he has done a lot in his career but he has not played in Europe's elite club competition. That's a big draw for any player."

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