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Celtic take Fulham defender on trial

Rafik Halliche is training with the Parkhead club and played in a bounce game on Wednesday.

Rafik Halliche has 21 international caps with Algeria.
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Celtic have taken Algerian international Rafik Halliche on trial and may bid to sign him in January if he impresses during his time in Glasgow.

The 25-year old central defender has fallen out of favour at Fulham and is free to find another club. He has travelled to undergo a trial at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training base.

Halliche trained with the first-team squad on Tuesday and played in a bounce match against Hibernian on Wednesday, which Celtic won 3-0 with a goal from Scott Brown and a double by Mo Bangura.

The player expects to be given a verdict by Thursday but may extend his trial if asked.

Fulham manager Martin Jol has decided that Halliche is surplus to requirements at Craven Cottage. Swansea had a loan bid accepted for the player in the summer but did not gain international clearance and hte deal fell through.

A fee would be required to transfer the player but with the defender no longer in the first team picture the Premier League club may be open to a loan deal with an option to buy.

Halliche began his career with Nasr Athlétique de Hussein Dey in Algeria before moving to Benfica in 2008. He spent the majority of his time on loan at Nacional and did not make the breakthrough to the benfica first team.

Fulham signed Halliche in 2010 but made just two appearances under former manager Mark Hughes and has not played under current boss Jol. He has played in the African Cup of Nations and played every minute of Algeria's three matches at the 2010 World Cup.
 

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