Murphy delight at dream Celtic move

Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy said today that it is a dream come true to sign for Glasgow Celtic.

Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy said today that it is a dream come true to sign for Glasgow Celtic.

The Waterford native joins the hoops on a 3 year deal for an undisclosed fee from Sunderland.

"As I was growing up, as any young lad in Waterford or Ireland, it's every kids ambition to play for Celtic, the connections Ireland has with the club etc, I am really looking forward to meeting up with the lads when they get back from America on Thursday," said Murphy.

The former Black Cat says that when the Hoops came knocking he was only ever going to join one club.

"When I heard Celtic were interested and it was concrete, it was only one decision really I had to make - I couldn't really turn the club down," Murphy told Beat 102-103 sports editor Martin Clancy.

With Celtic on a pre-season tour of North America, Murphy hasn't had the chance to meet up with new boss Neil Lennon yet.

"I haven't spoke to him face to face, I spoke to him on the phone. He said it's a great chance for me, that we want to win the title back.

"It's a massive club and its a massive season for the club, especially as we haven't won the title in two seasons."

Of all the games to come; Murphy says only one caught his eye. The Old Firm Derby.

"That's the first game you look at when you sign as a Celtic player, it cant come quick enough," said the Waterford native.

On the International front; Murphy is hopeful the move will help his chances of representing his country again.

"I can only do as well as I can for Celtic, score as many goals as I can for Celtic," he said.

"Ambition-wise of course I want to get back into the Ireland team but at this moment in time I am concentrating on this football club."

One club in particular will be overjoyed at the news. Waterford United are due to receive a small percentage of the sale as part of the agreement they made with Sunderland when Murphy left the RSC for the Stadium of Light for €100,000 in June 2005.

"I am really pleased," said Murphy. "The club has been brilliant for me ever since I came back from Luton. I had three fantastic years there and it's been a long time coming this move away from Sunderland and I'm sure they will be glad of it."

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