Odds tumble on Celtic signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Odds tumble on Celtic signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic

IRISH bookmakers Paddy Power have slashed their odds on Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Celtic.

The 34-year-old, who will come up against the Republic of Ireland at the European Championships on June 13, is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United remain the odds-on favourites (4/9) to sign Ibrahimovic but Celtic have been cut to 7/4 second favourites in the last 24 hours after a series of bets on the potential move.

Although Ibrahimovic’s wage demands are thought to be out of Celtic’s capacity, the veteran striker has spoken warmly of the notion of finishing his career in Glasgow in the past.

Speaking in 2013, he said: "Celtic is a club with a big tradition and a place any top player would want to end their career. How could I say I wouldn’t want to play for those fans every week?"

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Ibrahimovic played along Bhoys legend Henrik Larsson with Sweden and has always expressed his admiration for his compatriot.

"Henrik was good enough to play for any team in Europe," he also said in 2013 after experiencing Parkhead. "But after playing at Celtic Park it is easy to understand why he chose to stay there for so long.

"No player would ever want to leave playing in the stadium for those fans."