Ex Celtic midfielder Zheng Zhi turns 40 and is still going strong


Zheng Zhi the former Celtic midfielder who left Glasgow to join Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010 turned 40-years-old and he is still going hard on the pitch. Regardless of not playing every week on his 40th birthday, he managed half an hour as his side beat Jiangsu Suning 2-1.


40 and still going 

Despite coming close to the end of his career Zheng will be hoping that his final season or two in China ends with further success. As he has already won 10 CSL titles with three clubs this season in this changed format he will be going for 11. 

He has many trophies in China but did not manage to pick up any silverware during his time in England or Scotland. As during his one year in Scotland with Celtic, it was one of those rare seasons the Glasgow giants did not win a trophy. 

Another disappointment from his time in Scotland was that despite Celtic playing in the Champions League qualifier in which they lost to Arsenal and then the Europa League Group stage he missed out as he was not registered in time, with the transfer being confirmed on the 1st September 2009.

After that fairly disappointing season in Glasgow Zheng decided to head home has his contract was not extended. Since then he has gone on to have some great success in his 30s in China which has seen him pick up eight Chinese League Titles with Guangzhou Evergrande.

He even helped them into the CSL as when he joined they were in China League One notwithstanding that they were destined for success with great backing. Since there return to the CSL he has captained the side although with his game time slowing down Paulinho mainly captains the side now. 

As the 2013 Asian Player of the Year career comes towards its end am sure he will look back at his career with a big smile. Am sure we will see more of him too as a manager as he took caretaker charge of Evergrande briefly in 2019 when Fabio Cannavaro was temporarily relieved of his position and sent to corporate culture training.

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