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Celtic flop Efrain Juarez heads to Spain as they eye up Jamie Murphy

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Celtic flop Efrain Juarez has joined Real Zaragoza on a season long loan after failing to secure regular first team football with the Parkhead side.

The 22-year-old Mexican midfielder made a total of 20 appearances last season for Celtic, with nine as a substitute, since his £3 million move from Pumas last summer.

Juarez is an integral part of the Mexican national side and helped his country with the Gold Cup recently, as well as play in the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. But the form of Beram Kayal, Scott Brown and Joe Ledley has kept Juarez firmly in the shadows at Celtic Park, and he has now made the move to La Liga, hooking up with former Mexican manager Javier Aguirre, who led Zaragoza to 13th place in the Spanish top flight last season.

Meanwhile Celtic are reportedly set to make a move for Scotland Under 21 forward Jamie Murphy, with a host of English clubs as well as rivals Rangers looking at the Motherwell player also.

According to the report in the Scottish Daily Express this morning, Murphy who is valued at £1 million, has impressed Neil Lennon, and was watched once again in Motherwell’s opening day 3-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

Scouts from Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers have in recent months compiled reports in the player, as Murphy’s long-term future at Fir Park looking in doubt.

Tonight, Celtic face English Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers in a friendly match and a number of trialists will be on show for Neil Lennon’s side.

Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is set for another run-out after being a spectator in Celtic’s pre-season friendly against Cardiff City. And he will be joined in the squad for tonight by strikers Milos Lacny [who will start on the bench]and by Katelgo Mphela who will start-up front alongside Daryl Murphy.

New signings Adam Matthews and Victor Wanyama will also take to the field for Celtic.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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