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Celtic-bound Lawrence earns plaudits from Stoke boss Pulis

Stoke winger Liam Lawrence looks to be on his way to Celtic with a terrific testimonial from boss Tony Pulis. Pulis has hailed Liam Lawrence as one of his best-ever signings at Stoke as he faces up to the prospect of losing the winger this summer.

Lawrence joined Stoke for £500,000 from Sunderland in January 2007 after initially joining on loan in November and he has gone on to make 125 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals.

However, the Republic of Ireland international started just 14 league games last season and has said he would walk to Glasgow to seal a move to Celtic. The Bhoys have already failed with a £1.5million bid for the 28-year-old but an offer of around £2million should secure his services.

"I've never wanted Liam to leave," said Pulis in the Stoke Sentinel, "and if he doesn't, then I'll be very happy to have him here when we all report back next month.

"He's been one of the best signings this football club has made because he's played a massive part in what we've tried to achieve here over the last few years.

"And he's got better and better as a player, getting himself into the Ireland team and scoring goals for them."

Pulis has no problems with Lawrence's desire to move on, however, after failing to nail down a regular spot in the Potters' midfield.

"He wants to play week in, week out... that's Liam," Pulis added.

"But I've got no problem with that kind of hunger and fully respect him for that."

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