Bangura: I’m no Larsson

CELTIC new boy Mohamed Bangura revealed his love for Hoops legend Henrik Larsson but insists there are no comparisons to be made between the two men.

The Sierra Leone striker, 22 was signed from AIK on a four-year contract reportedly after a recommendation from Larsson, a prolific scorer at Parkhead between 1997 and 2004.

But looking forward to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Celtic Park today, where he could make his debut, Bangura promised the home fans something different.

“Henrik Larsson is my favourite player,” he said. “When I met him in Sweden it was my happiest moment.

“I love him and his style of play but I don’t want to compare myself with him, I have my own way of playing. We are different and I want to show the fans my style.

“I am here to help the team win trophies and to put smiles on faces.”

Neil Lennon’s other new signing, Morocco left-back Badr El-Kaddouri, who arrived on a loan deal from Dinamo Kiev, could also feature against the Steelmen.

Meanwhile, new Rangers signing Matt McKay has set his sights on a role in next week’s Old Firm derby.

The Australian midfielder arrived in Scotland this week following his move from Brisbane Roar and could make his debut in today’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League game at Dundee United.

Rangers then host Celtic in the first clash of the season between the Glasgow giants.

And, even if he is not given any game-time in that fixture, McKay is relishing the prospect of experiencing the white-hot atmosphere for the first time.

He said: “It’s pretty early on in my career here but I’ve got all next week to impress and to fit in with the boys and understand what they are all about as well.

“To have that game in the second week that I’m here is going to be great, just to get that experience.

“Whatever minutes I play, or even if I’m just there, I can understand what it’s all about and get ready for ones in the future.”

McKay insists he is ready to be pitched into the action at Tannadice in today’s lunchtime kick-off.

He added: “I’ve been in pre-season with Brisbane Roar for a while and I’ve been involved in international games so I’m fit.

“Whenever I’m needed by the manager, I’ll be ready.”

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