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Celtic’s ultimate marquee signing makes surprise visit to footy shop

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Thomas Gravesen made a surprise visit to the Classic Football Shirts store in Manchester.

With Celtic, Everton and Real Madrid on his CV the Dane picked up an impressive collection of shirts during his playing days.

Back in 2006 Celtic made a statement of intent when they signed the midfielder from Real Madrid at the same time as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink arrived from PSV Eindhoven.

As marquee signings go they don’t come much bigger but on the park it never quite worked out.

Scoring in a 2-0 Glasgow derby success over the old Rangers club should have been the key to further success but turned out to be a brief highlight.

Gravesen didn’t perform as expected in the 3-2 Champions League defeat away to Manchester United and began to slip out of Gordon Strachan’s plans.

By the time of the 2007 Scottish Cup Final against Dunfermline he was unable to earn a place on the bench with a loan move to Everton failing to rekindle old fires the following season.

After just 23 Celtic matches he was released at the start of the 2008/09 season and is now based in Las Vegas where he has a number of business interests.

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