This could be perhaps the strangest and most unlikely Celtic connection in football at the moment; Vålerenga has announced the signing of former Celtic flop Efrain Juarez after current boss Ronny Deila ran the rule over the former Parkhead man at their Spanish training camp.

Juarez was a Celtic player between 2010/2012 and failed to make the grade at the club under current interim boss Neil Lennon. The Mexican played 20 times for the bhoys, scoring two goals.

Recently the right-back had played for Mexican side Monterrey and Canadian club Vancouver before he was released as a free agent. Vålerenga offered Juarez the opportunity to come in and win a deal with the club and that’s precisely what he’s managed.

The 31-year-old has linked up with former Celtic boss Ronny Deila to help spearhead the club’s Norweigan title tilt.

I’m sure both of them have shared a few stories from their time at the Hoops.

When Celtic brought Juarez in it, cost them £2.5million and the bhoys seemingly recouped some of the cash when they sold him two years into a four-year deal.

The official Vålerenga website wrote:

Juárez has played the World Cup for Mexico and hosted clubs such as Celtic and Real Zaragoza. Now he comes from a stay in the MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps FC and hopes to contribute with the experience he has gained.

– I feel in very good shape and are properly motivated. My playing style is to run up and down the side, and I hope to be able to contribute from the start here in Vålerenga.


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