JOE LEDLEY today thanked the Celtic fans – one year after he quit the champions to join Crystal Palace.
The Welsh international midfielder moved to the London outfit in a quickfire £900,000 deal on the last day of the January transfer window.
He was signed by Tony Pulis and played his part in the great escape as Palace kept their place in the Premier League.
Ledley, who arrived at the Hoops on a Bosman from Cardiff City in 2010, hardly had time to say farewell to the Parkhead faithful.
But the 28-year-old, who was at Hampden alongside former Hoops pal Gary Hooper to cheer on Ronny Deila’s team on Sunday, said: “I was welcomed in Glasgow from day one and the fans always supported me.
“I will always remember that. I have the same feeling at Palace as I had at Celtic.”
Ledley departed the Glasgow giants after three titles successes and a Scottish Cup triumph, but admitted he is thriving in survival battles in the English top flight after being involved in the glamour of the Champions League.
He said: “Coming to Palace was the right decision. I’m playing in the Premier League – the best division in the world – and we have got a fantastic team.
“Hopefully, we can continue to build on that foundation.
“Obviously, we were very much down there when I joined, but with the manager, players and the belief we had, I knew we would remain in the top division.”
Remarkably, Ledley has now played under THREE managers at Selhurst Park in 12 months with Neil Warnock replacing Pulis on the eve of the new campaign.
And veteran boss Warnock, who has been spotted recently in the Ibrox stands, was sacked at the start of the year with Alan Pardew moving into the Palace hot seat after walking out on Newcastle.