Celtic have announced the signing of goalkeeper Logan Bailly from OH Leuven in Belgium on a three year deal.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, Bailly said: “It’s a great feeling, it’s big team with a big history and I’m very happy I’m here. When you see Celtic from the outside, you know it is a big team but when you are here you realise that it is a lot bigger.
“My manager told me about the interest but when you hear that a club like Celtic is interested in you, at first you don’t believe it, it’s like a dream to pay for Celtic. When you play football you dream of playing on the big stage.”
Bailly will don the number 26 jersey, which was worn by Craig Gordon last season who will now wear the number one jersey.
The keeper signed for Genk in 2002 from Standard Lieges’ youth ranks. In 2009 he moved to German side Borussia Munchengladbach, spending time at Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax on loan. He moved back to Genk in January 2012 before moving to OH Leuven at the end of the 2011/12 season.
He has represented Belgium at every level from Under-16 up to the national side’s senior team.
Bailly, speaking on Craig Gordon, added: “I have a lot of respect for him [Craig Gordon] because he is a great goalkeeper with a lot of experience in a long career so it will be nice to be training with him. I’m 29 but I can still learn a lot from him. I think I’m in my prime just now as 29 or 30-years-old is a great age for a goalkeeper.
“As I said, I’m 29 but I hope that my career is starting now and I still have a few years left to play football.”
“I was up at the training complex yesterday morning and I met the players. Every country is different but this is my first time in Scotland and if you are happy in your football then everything else is alright. Glasgow looks like a great city and I think I’m going to be very happy here.”