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Thompson keen to remain a Bhoy

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:35

Alan Thompson still part of Gordon Strachan's plans
Alan Thompson still part of Gordon Strachan's plans

Celtic star Alan Thompson is prepared to knuckle down and fight to reclaim his first-team place at Parkhead.

The former England international's agent Anthony McGill has held talks with the club about his future.

But although a number of clubs have expressed their interest in landing the former Aston Villa and Bolton man, Gordon Strachan wants to keep him.

McGill told the Daily Record: "I've been in at Celtic to discuss a number of things and Alan's situation was one of them. All I can say is that, at the moment, Alan is a Celtic player and he's happy
to stay and fight for his place. During our discussion Celtic made it clear that they are not looking to offload Alan at this time and although he is desperate to play, the bottom line is he loves being part of the club.

"He accepts he will just have to get his head down and work hard to get back into the manager's plan.

"It's correct a Premiership club have enquired about his availability but from what Celtic have told me I will have to inform them that Alan is not moving anywhere.

"He is a Celtic player and still has 18 months to go on his contract, although in football things do change quickly.

Celtic boss Strachan added: "We are happy with everybody and the players know that if they were not wanted they would be told. And nobody has been told they have to leave."