Sunderland’s Bardsley backs Zenden’s Celtic move

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PHIL BARDSLEY insists Celtic will reap the rewards from Bolo Zenden – if they can tie up a deal for the former Sunderland midfielder.

Zenden spent last week training with the Bhoys and could be handed a permanent contract at Parkhead after being left without a club following his Sunderland exit at the end of last season.

The former Dutch international has been working as a media pundit in his homeland, with talk of summer moves to Nottingham Forest and QPR coming to nought.

But Black Cats defender Bardsley believes the 35-year-old will be in suitable shape to make an impression in the SPL after turning down a new deal on Wearside for regular first-team football.

“I’ve no doubts this would work out for Celtic. I’m surprised he’s not got a club, but he’s obviously left his options open,” said Bardsley, expected to feature for Scotland in Friday’s friendly with Cyprus.

“I know he went back to Holland in the summer to spend more time with his family, but he’ll have kept himself in good shape because he’s such a good pro. He would bring vast experience to Celtic. I used to ask him about (Patrick) Kluivert and his times at Barcelona – his CV is remarkable.

“Yet for all that, he’s such a down to earth guy. For a Dutchman to come from that generation – (Edgar) Davids, Kluivert, (Edwin) Van der Sar and (Dennis) Bergkamp – you’d never think he’s be so grounded, but he came into our squad and was such a top pro and also a funny guy.

“He’s still a top player despite his age, like (Ryan) Giggs. You look at how they have achieved so much in his career yet they can still bring so much to the party – and there no reason why Bolo can’t do that.

“It just goes to show how they can change as their careers go on, the experience that they bring.”