Celtic Defender Invited For Trial

Last updated : 21 May 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

McLeish is keen to sign at least one new centre-back before Blues begin life back in the Premier League in August and he has offered 33-year-old Balde, who will soon be a free agent, the chance to train with the squad during the summer months.

"We extended an invite to Balde to train with us and that's as far as it has gone," McLeish has said.

"We don't know if that will happen, there is a lot of water to go under the bridge.

"He has got internationals in the summer and I'm pursuing legitimate targets.

"Balde looks like he will be a free agent and I have to look at any opportunity I can get."