ONE-TIME Celtic fans’ favourite Joe Ledley is stuck in football limbo as he continues his search for a new club.
The Welsh international is determined to carry on playing, despite being written off in some quarters, but, at 32, he is two years younger than Hoops skipper Scott Brown.
Ledley has ruled out hanging up his boots, despite being without a club since leaving Derby County by mutual consent almost a year ago.
The player, who was signed by Neil Lennon after coming out of contract with Cardiff City in July 2010, was linked with Dutch club Fortuna Sittard and Cypriot outfit Pafos during the summer, but nothing materialised.
The 77 times-capped international was even photographed in the sunshine island club’s strip and trained with them for just over a week before playing in a friendly match against local side Anorthosis. However, after a week he returned to the UK.
Ledley is believed to be preparing himself for the next stage in his career which would involve coaching and managing, but he is in no rush to call a halt to his playing days and still has designs on playing for his country again.
The powerhouse engine-room performer has also been mentioned with a move back to Cardiff, despite the Championship side’s boss Neil Warnock playing down any potential interest.
Recent social media activity also suggested the possibility of a return to Parkhead, but that does not appear to be a realistic option for the skilful player who left in a £900,000 switch to Crystal Palace in January 2014.
It is a mystery Ledley, who won three league titles and a Scottish Cup with Celtic, is still on the look-out for a new club when you consider his undoubted pedigree.
Scotzine will continue to monitor the puzzling situation.
KIERAN TIERNEY has revealed his three favourite footballers of all-time – and he played alongside one of them.
The Scotland international left-back, who left Celtic for Arsenal in a record-breaking £25million deal in the summer, picked three former Hoops stars in the his top trio.
Asked to name three of the best, Tierney, speaking to Arsenal TV, replied: “One of them is Scott Brown who I played with for many years and learned a lot from.
“The other two are Celtic legends and that’s Bobo Balde and Henrik Larsson.”
JOHAN MJALLBY, the former Celtic defender and former assistant boss, reckons fellow-Swede Filip Helander will live up to his £3.5million price tag at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard bought the international centre-back, 26, from Bologna in the summer and he played in the recent games against Feyenoord and St Johnstone after initially finding himself behind Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic in the pecking order.
Mjallby believes Helander is the perfect fit for Scottish football and told the Evening Times: “Filip is a steady centre half who reads the game well.
“He’s done well for Sweden when he’s played and he’s been in Italy for a number of years.
“He’s probably not the quickest, but he’s steady, good in the air and decent on the ball without being really pacy.
“He’s quite aggressive and he’ll definitely be suited to Scottish football.”
STEVEN NAISMITH is still at least a fortnight away from a Hearts comeback after failing to make Craig Levein’s squad for the 2-1 Edinburgh derby success over Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Scotland international striker last played in the home draw with Hamilton Accies at the end of last month and has been removed from training to make sure his hamstring injury finally clears up.
Levein, speaking to Edinburgh Live, admitted: “It will be about two or three weeks before he’s back.
“We decided to take him back out of training completely to let the whole thing settle down.”