Former Celtic man Joe Ledley is closer than ever to finding a new club

By Euan Davidson

February 19, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has endured a difficult few years.

Undoubtedly a solid performer in the Green and White, as well as during spells with Cardiff City and Crystal Palace, Ledley has been without a club since August 2020.

If a week is a long time in football, then the former Newcastle Jets man has endured an achingly tedious time. Ledley took in spells with Derby County, Charlton Athletic as well as a spell in the Australian top-flight, but the 34-year-old has been on sabbatical for months.

At last, though, it looks like Ledley has found an opportunity. According to Wales Online, Bristol Rovers are willing to make Ledley an offer.

Bizarrely, it would add the Welshman to a mini-Celtic Club within the third-tier of English football. Aidan McGeady plays for Sunderland, Scott Robertson is on loan at Doncaster Rovers, while former Hoops defender Charlie Mulgrew is at Fleetwood Town.

Ledley will be hoping for a long-term deal to join the English League One CSC.

Joe Ledley battles a short man for the ball / (Photo by AOP.Press/Corbis via Getty Images)

Former Celtic man Joe Ledley still popular with supporters

It’s been a considerable length of time since Joe Ledley was wearing the Hoops. Still, he maintains a good relationship with Celtic supporters.

In an interview with Open Goal in 2019, the Welshman showed obvious affection for the club. While there was never any real danger of Ledley rejoining Celtic, it was undoubtedly in his thoughts. At the time, though, Celtic had no real need to strengthen the middle of the park, not least with a player who is almost certainly past his best.

All that said, there are surely few of the Hoops faithful who wish Ledley anything but the best. A committed, rugged but also technically proficient player, it was great to see Ledley reach the Semi-finals of Euro 2016 with Wales. His goals in big matches for Celtic won’t be forgotten quickly, and his humble demeanour means he’s unlikely to rub anyone of a Celtic persuasion up the wrong way.

So, we’re hoping the big Welshman can get a permanent deal to play against some ex-colleagues in the third tier of English football. At 34, he still has a decent amount to give.

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