Rangers target Senderos said he would be honoured to play for Celtic

Philippe Senderos

Rangers are after Philippe Senderos, but he almost once became a Celtic player.

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Rangers have offered a contract to Swiss defender Philippe Senderos, report The Times, with the free agent weighing up the offer.

Senderos, 31, is looking for a new challenge and is familiar with English football after spells at Arsenal, Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa, and also has a spell at AC Milan on his CV.

One of the clubs which very nearly had Senderos on their books were Rangers' bitter rivals Celtic, with the defender coming close to a move in 2010.

Aston Villa's Philippe SenderosAston Villa's Philippe Senderos

Senderos was linked with a move in the January transfer window of that year, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed the interest, telling the club website: "There is an interest from Celtic, yes. It may happen. Philippe needs to play. He has not played for a long time and he needs to if he wants to go to the World Cup."

Senderos too was keen on a move, telling The Guardian he was proud of the interest.

He said: "I am very honoured that a big club like Celtic are interested in me and a loan deal right now would suit me perfectly."

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Yet a deal did not go ahead, with Celtic boss Tony Mowbray telling The BBC in response to Wenger's claims: ""You have been watching too much television. There has been no bid.

"We have an interest in many players, I would suggest. For whatever reason, that came out today, but that is only one enquiry of many that we have asked about. So I wouldn't be holding your breath too much at the moment."

A day later Celtic signed Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne, who went onto play more than 50 times for the club.

Senderos ended up moving on loan to Everton instead, and earned his World Cup spot.

Now he could be set to play his football on the other side of Glasgow, for Mark Warburton's Light Blues as they bid to halt Celtic's charge to yet another league title.


Stoke's Glenn Whelan and Philippe Senderos (L) of Fulham in actionStoke's Glenn Whelan and Philippe Senderos (L) of Fulham in action

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