Date: 13th August 2008 at 3:44pm
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Alex McLeish has stated that Martin O’Neill has struck gold with his capture of Carlos Cuellar.

McLeish, former Rangers manager still keeps one eye on the Gers apparently and was very impressed with Cuellar’s debut season in the Scottish Premier League.

Speaking on our official site, he said:

‘He’s a good player. It will be interesting to see him at another level. It’s definitely a huge step up, the Premiership. But he played extremely well for Rangers. He was a stalwart defender, a no-nonsense defender, no frills, he just did his job.

‘He sniffed out danger when Rangers were under pressure in that great UEFA Cup run last season. I think you can only go on what you’ve seen so far, but certainly the Premier League will be a real test for Carlos.

‘But I think Martin O’Neill, who is quite a shrewdie in the transfer market, knows what he’s doing.’

Meanwhile Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has revealed the Barclays Premier League newboys missed out in the race to sign Cuéllar.

Must admit it’s strange for a Blues manager to be commenting on our signings, even though McLeish has the Rangers tie in. Not sure how many Blues fans will react to this, but given their could be some reaction to him ‘praising up’ O’Neill’s signing, he must be pretty confident Cuellar will make a big difference to us this season.

I wasn’t going to bother with this earlier, but it fits in here. In other Cuellar news, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has said he was in for Cuellar himself, but once he found out we were interested, he gave up.

‘We did make enquiries and I was more than confident. But once you hear that a club of Villa’s size are in for him big time you clearly fear the worst.’