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Gordon Strachan helps Old Firm move to England


Stephen McManus has become the 4th signing under his former boss Gordon Strachan.
Mark Briggs explains.
Gordon Strachan seems to be doing his best to move the Old Firm to England by setting up his own squad in the English Championship. Rantic or Celgers, what do you think? Anyway, back to the story at hand........

The 27 year old former hoops star has joined on a 3-year contract after leaving boyhood club Celtic, after a loan spell at Middlesbrough in the second half of the 2009/2010 season which saw defender McManus make 16 appearances and score 1 goal.

McManus moved to the Riverside after leaving Celtic, where he had a long and successive career which saw him spend 13 years of his football life coming through the ranks at Parkhead. He eventually made his debut for Celtic in the 2003/2004 season under former Hoops boss Martin O’Neil before going on to make 150 appearances and scored 17 goals and was made captain in the 2006/2007.

At his time at Celtic, he also broke in to the international scene and started his first match against the Ukraine in October 2006 coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat, he then went on to be capped 22 times which also saw score against Lithuania.
He also became Scotland captain on 26th March 2008 Against Croatia.
McManus is now the 3rd Scottish player to go to the Riverside in this summer’s transfer window following the arrivals of Kris Boyd and Andrew Halliday.
He is now part of an ever growing ex Old Firm contingent which includes Willo Flood, Barry Robson, Kris Boyd, Scott McDonald, Jeremie Aliadiere and Chris Killen. If you include Lee Miller, that's 7 ex SPL players in the MiddleSPLbrough side.

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