DARYL MURPHY insists he can be first-choice striker at Celtic – despite failing to hold down a place at Sunderland.
The 27-year-old Irishman completed his move to Parkhead yesterday after signing a three-year deal with the Bhoys.
And he has told new boss Neil Lennon he will score goals for Celtic if given the chance to make his mark with the Glasgow giants.
“We want to win, that’s the main objective here,” Murphy said.
“I also want to stake a claim to be first choice striker, that’s my first aim.
“It’s going to be hard because there are some good strikers here but that’s the first thing I need to do, make sure the manager wants me to be his number one.
“That’s what I’ve come here to hopefully achieve.
“I just want to get into the team as quickly as possible.
“It’s going to be hard work but I think if I put in the work and the effort – which I will do – hopefully I can start every game and play a big part in winning the title.
“I’ve been used as a left-midfielder quite a lot in my career, which is not my position, it’s a centre-forward.
“I know, if given the chance to play as a striker and a run of games, I can score goals, especially in a team like Celtic, who will be attacking a lot.”
Murphy spent the second half of last season on loan at Ipswich and admits it was not a difficult decision to quit Sunderland for Celtic.
He said: “Because of the fact that I wasn’t playing and featuring in the manager’s plans, it was an easy decision to leave.
“But I had some great times there and I’d like to say thanks to everyone involved there and the fans.
“A lot of my family support Celtic and they are die-hard fans.
“I supported them as a boy and grew up knowing about the club and what it has achieved.
“As soon as I heard it was concrete that they wanted me, it was an automatic choice.”
Murphy now hopes to make his competitive debut in Celtic’s Champions League third round qualifier, after they were paired with Portuguese side Braga in the draw earlier today.
“I hope I can be involved,” he said.
“The Champions League draw is a tricky game. But I think they came second in the Portuguese league this year so it will be a tough game.”
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