Selasa, 30 Desember 2008

Pressley considering Swiss move

Steven Pressley
Pressley joined Danish Superliga outfit Randers in September

Steven Pressley is considering a move to the top-flight in Switzerland but has options in England after returning from a spell with Randers in Denmark.

The 35-year-old former Scotland defender moved to the Danish Superliga club after his release by Celtic.

"I have an offer from Switzerland to play in their top league," said Pressley. "It is a very exciting proposition and one I might take up.

"But I have a couple of options down south, so nothing is definite."

Pressley, who began his career with Rangers before spells with Coventry City, Dundee United and Hearts, is not ruling out a return to the Scottish Premier League and does not think he is outwith the price range of smaller clubs.

"Managers have contacted my representative, but there is nothing definite in Scotland," he said, stressing that he has no thoughts of retiring.

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"I would play football for nothing to be perfectly honest. I still have a great desire and just want to play football.

"I will see what the next 10 days hold and, after that, make my decision.

"But the decision will not be a financial one. It will be a decision based on what I think is right for me and my family and my education as a footballer."

Pressley would encourage other Scots to grab opportunities to play their football in another country.

Sometimes Scottish players are maybe slightly underestimated on the Continent
Steven Pressley

"I thoroughly enjoyed the freshness of my time in Denmark," said the Scotland coach, who signed for Randers in September.

"It certainly is an education to play abroad and was good for me as I had played 15 to 16 years in the SPL almost consecutively.

"It gives you an understanding of what it's like for foreign players to walk into our dressing-rooms."

Pressley recognised that Scottish players faced difficulties in finding opportunities abroad but would encourage them to take any that came their way.

"Sometimes Scottish players are maybe slightly underestimated on the Continent," he suggested.

"I was very fortunate that my representative went out and found the right club for myself.

"I think that sometimes the opportunities don't arise for the young Scottish players to go and experience European football.

"But I certainly think it would be beneficial to them."

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