Celtic In Rivaldo Hunt

Last updated : 07 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Rivaldo - could be moving elswhere
Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic have entered the race to sign Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo after a proposed move to join Bolton Wanderers appears to have stalled.

Bolton have been waiting for an answer from the former Barcelona and AC Milan star for nearly two weeks having held preliminary talks with the player in a Manchester hotel at the end of April and the Trotters manager Sam Allardyce is becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of communication with the player.

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill now hopes to tempt the former World Player of the Year to Parkhead and confirmed to BBC Sport that to sign a forward of Rivaldo's quality is not an opportunity to be missed.

"Like anything else we'd prefer to keep these things quiet - we have been linked with so many players, But the truth is when somebody like Rivaldo becomes available you have got to be interested." O'Neill said

The Bhoys have been long term admirers of Bolton captain Jay-Jay Okocha and O'Neill is sure to be interested in a number of available attack minded players such as Okocha and Rivaldo in a bid to replace departing Swedish striker Henrik Larsson and having been able to offer the prospect of European football next season Bolton know that the interest of the Celts is not good news from the European perspective, on the other hand however Rivaldo has said previously that he does not want to move to Scotland but in this day and age a players integrity counts for nothing.