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By ESPN Staff

Celtic turn down surprise Petrov transfer request

Celtic have moved quickly to turn down a written transfer request from Stilian Petrov.

The Bulgaria midfielder recently signed a three-and-a-half year contract but has since had a change of heart.

Petrov said: 'I have told the club that I need to move on and I hope Celtic respect my wishes.'

However, a club spokesman responded: 'We can confirm that we have today received an official transfer request from Stilian Petrov.

'This has been rejected. We now look forward to Sunday's match (against Rangers).'

But Strachan is refusing to panic after Petrov's transfer request and believes the midfielder can be persuaded to remain at Celtic Park.

The Hoops boss saw his own application to leave Manchester United rejected 14 years ago and is unfazed by the Bulgarian's move.

Strachan said: 'It might be a worry that this could have an effect on the player and those around him.

'But, despite him wanting to move on, we are relaxed about it.

'You are talking to someone who asked Alex Ferguson for a move in 1992 and I was told to go forth and multiply.

'I was there the next two years, won a few more trophies and just got on with it.'

But Strachan is refusing to panic after Petrov's transfer request and believes the midfielder can be persuaded to remain at Celtic Park.

The Hoops boss saw his own application to leave Manchester United rejected 14 years ago and is unfazed by the Bulgarian's move.

Strachan said: 'It might be a worry that this could have an effect on the player and those around him.

'But, despite him wanting to move on, we are relaxed about it.

'You are talking to someone who asked Alex Ferguson for a move in 1992 and I was told to go forth and multiply.

'I was there the next two years, won a few more trophies and just got on with it.'