NEW Celtic keeper Logan Bailly has already taken Craig Gordon’s shirt after finalising his move from Belgian outfit OH Leuven.
Now he is ready to fight the Scottish international for his place in the Hoops first team.
Bailly, who has also played for Borussia Munchengladbach and Genk, has been handed the No.26 shirt, the same one Gordon wore last season after taking over from Southampton-bound Fraser Forster. Gordon will wear No.1 in the new campaign.
The eight-times capped Belgian international, who has agreed a three-year deal, said: “I have a lot of respect for Craig Gordon because he is a great goalkeeper with a lot of experience in a long career, so it will be nice 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 is a great age for a goalkeeper.
“I hope my career is strating now and I still have a few years left to play football.”
On the transfer – with the fee believed to be around the £250,000 mark – 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 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.”
He added: “I was 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.”