MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti)
Celtic offered to sign ex-Scotland striker Garry O’Connor on loan on deadline day, he said Saturday.
The Scottish champions signed Venezuelan forward Miku from Getafe on Friday, with coach Neil Lennon saying the move came about because Celtic had little squad depth up front.
“I can confirm that Celtic failed to get me out on loan last night,” O’Connor said on Twitter.
“They made 2 attempts 2 sign me a few hours after signing Miku from Getafe.”
The deal fell through because of a disagreement over when the Scottish side would send O'Connor back to his current club, Russian second-tier outfit FC Tomsk, he said.
"Dates on my return 2 Tomsk from Celtic couldn't be agreed in time so that's why no deal was done last night."
Since joining Tomsk in July, he has featured in just two of the team’s eight games so far this season and started just one, as Tomsk charged to the top of the table.
He was unavailable for Tomsk’s first four games as the club was banned from registering new players due to debts, while a red card on his debut ruled him out of another game.
When he signed for Tomsk, he told R-Sport that he considered the Russian First Division the equal of the Scottish Premier League.
O’Connor, 29, was the first British player to play in the Russian league when he signed for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2006, leaving after 15 months.
He earned 16 caps for Scotland between 2002 and 2009, scoring four goals.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: The World’s Most Notorious Prisons
Infographics: Group of Eight: Countries and Permanent Members
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.