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GLASGOW, Scotland -- Scottish champions Celtic have confirmed the signing of former Rangers and Hearts defender Steven Pressley in a 17-month deal.

"He has signed a deal until May 2008, subject to full registration being completed through the Scottish FA and Scottish Premier League. This should be done on January 1st," Celtic said on their Web site (celticfc.net).

Pressley played alongside Celtic manager Gordon Strachan in the 1990s.

The defender had also been a target for lowly English Premier League side Charlton but opted to stay in Scotland.

Pressley's agent Blair Morgan said: "It was a really, really difficult decision. He had two fantastic offers from two good clubs, but the lure of European football next season won the day."

Celtic are currently 15 points clear in the Scottish Premier League.

Meanwhile, in England, Charlton are just two points above bottom club Watford who have played a game less.

Scottish international Pressley, 33, left Hearts earlier this month after being dropped for speaking out over the turmoil at Tynecastle when he revealed "significant unrest in the dressing room."

He also criticised the running of the club, prompting Lithuanian owner Vladimir Romanov to cancel his contract.


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The lure of European football has proved too great for Scottish defender Pressley.

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