By Alex Stevens

Former Swansea striker Michu has revealed he is eager to come of the football wilderness and return to the big time with Celtic.

The Spain international took England’s top flight by storm three seasons ago as he hit 22 goals in 43 games and was awarded his first senior cap.

That led him to be strongly linked with Arsenal and for Gary Lineker to hail the £2million signing as the “bargain of the century” but a serious ankle injury has subsequently hampered his career.

Michu, 30, has rebuilt his career playing for Union Popular Langreo in Spain’s fourth tier and says he’s ready for a bigger challenge.

He never played under new Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers at Swansea but knows all about the northern Irishman’s coaching ability from his time playing in the Premier League.

“Celtic is a massive club both in Scotland and all across Europe, a team that every player would love to play for,” Michu told the Scottish Sun. “I saw that Brendan Rodgers had become the new Celtic boss. He is a great manager.

“Obviously he did a fantastic job at Swansea in getting them into the Premier League and then doing so well with Liverpool when they finished second.”

Michu scored nine goals for Langreo after signing for his brother’s team in January as he helped them to a record 13-game winning streak and their highest ever points tally.

Eyebrows were raised across Europe when he signed for the lowly team but it is widely reported in Spain that he is now ready for a big move.

Michu, who was linked with a switch to Celtic last summer, said: “It’s not been easy to recover from 14 months without playing a competitive game but I’m not having any more trouble with my injury and I feel I am ready for a new challenge and ready to return to playing amongst the elite.

“I’ve learned a lot from my brother and its been great to share a dressing room with players I’ve known my whole life.

“Just now I’m fully concentrated on helping Langreo achieve the objective we have of promotion to the third tier of Spanish football.

“After that I’ll go on holiday and then think about where I will go next. Im really happy here I made the decision to come to Langreo.”

Michu has one cap for Spain when he started in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus alongside the likes of Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have jumped to the head of the queue for this exciting youngster.