Football: I'LL COPE WITH PEAR PRESSURE; NEW BHOY HAS BOTTLE TO SURVIVE.Byline: By MARK GUIDI
STEPHEN PEARSON Stephen Paul Pearson (born October 2, 1982 in Lanark) is a Scottish footballer, currently playing for Premier League team Derby County. Early career
As a boy, Pearson attended the renowned Our Lady's High School in Motherwell and is one of the school's numerous famous had no idea that his red card for a wild tackle on Didier Agathe Didier Agathe (born August 16, 1975 in Saint-Pierre, Réunion) is a professional footballer who is currently a free agent after leaving Aston Villa. Agathe plays on the right hand side of the pitch, either as a winger or as a full back. would signal the start of Martin O'Neill's chase to sign him. The date was March 19, 2002 and although the Celtic boss was brassed off by the challenge he liked the fact that the Motherwell teenager was willing to put himself about.
O'Neill stepped up his interest last year after the former Fir Park Fir Park is a football stadium situated in Motherwell, Scotland. The stadium plays host to the home matches of Scottish Premier League club Motherwell F.C.. In 2007-08, Gretna F.C. midfielder had convinced him of his ability to make a valuable contribution.
The fact that Pearson is left-sided also worked in his favour because the Hoops gaffer knew Bobby Petta Bobby Petta (born 6 August 1974 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands) is a Dutch professional football (soccer) player currently playing as a midfielder for Adelaide United in the Australian A-League. His playing position is left winger. and Steve Guppy Stephen Andrew Guppy (born March 29 1969) is an English football (soccer) left midfielder, currently without a club.
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O'Neill's new Bhoy is delighted with the way his transfer from Well has worked out.
The cash-strapped Lanarkshire side will receive pounds 350,000 and Pearo will pocket pounds 1.6 million for his three and-a-half year contract.
O'Neill was pleased to finally conclude the long-running saga of Pearson's transfer.
He said: ``Stephen first came to my attention when he had the cheek to fight with Didier right in front of my dug-out!
``I thought to myself: `How dare he fight with one of my players!' ``I've really looked at him as a potential signing for the last year and am delighted to have landed him.
``He has natural aggression and he will have to curtail it,although I like that sort of thing in a player. I see it as an attribute.''
Pearson, who made his Hoops debut yesterday as a late sub in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Ross County, admitted he has learned from his red card lesson.
He said: ``It was a lack of experience, a touch of naivety na·ive·ty or na·ïve·ty
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``Maybe it wasn't the best way to try to attract a manager's attention but I suppose it didn't do me any harm in the long run.
``Martin had a wee joke with me about it during the signing talks.''
Pearson was a red-hot property at Fir Park and his Monaco-based agent Willie McKay revealed that clubs like Rangers, Everton, Blackburn and Leicester were also keen to secure his services.
Celtic won the chase and Pearo has become O'Neill's first signing of a Scottish outfield player.
The Hoops boss will be pleased to have beaten Ibrox counterpart Alex McLeish to his target.
In the last few seasons the Old Firm have battled it out for the signatures of Rab Douglas, Dariusz Adamczuk and Russell Latapy.
The two outfield players who opted to go to Ibrox turned out not to be worth the fuss while Hoops keeper Douglas has lacked consistency in big matches. But Pearson is determined to break the mould and go on to play a significant part in O'Neill's plans.
The midfielder said: ``It's going to be difficult to get a first team place but I'm ready for the challenge. ``My favoured position is on the left-hand side of midfield but not right out on the touchline Touchline
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``However, I'm prepared to be flexible to get a game and if I have to play wing-back I'll do it. I've played there before so itwon't be new to me. I know from playing against Celtic that they have an excellent team full of quality.
``Chris Sutton has always impressed me and so has Neil Lennon. The defenders are also good.
``My form has dipped a little in recent weeks and I'm not sure why.
``I suppose the transfer talk surrounding me played its part.
``But it's over now and all I have to do is concentrate on playing football and trying to get into the Celtic side.
``I really am so happy to be here. A few years ago when I was breaking into the Motherwell first team I never thought I would get the chance to sign for Celtic because they were spending big on foreign players.
``However, the cash isn't there nowto do that and it has given me a chance and led to Gavin Rae joining Rangers.
``It's great news for young Scottish players up and down the country.''
Scotland boss Berti Vogts is worried Pearson and Rae won't feature regularly for their clubs.
The German coach said: ``Moving to Celtic is good for the boy but I don't know if it's a good move for the national team. He will need to play matches for Celtic.''
But Pearo, who made his full debut against Holland in the 1-0 win at Hampden, doesn't want to give up his place in the national squad.
He said: ``I made it into the Scotland team ahead of schedule and really enjoyed it.
``I don't want to miss out on it from here on in.''
DEBUT BHOY: Pearson block's County's Donald Cowie yesterday; SHAMED: Johan Mjallby watches Pearson walk