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Celtic raring to go: Paddy McCourt

Paddy McCourt admits Celtic are desperate to face Hamilton in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League tomorrow as they bid to make amends for their recent indifferent form.

Celtic have the chance to move level with their Old Firm rivals at the top of the SPL if they take all three points from Accies.

“Everybody's looking forward to the game,” said Londonderry man McCourt, who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday.

“It'll be three weeks on Saturday since we've had a game and obviously the last game we played ended on a sour note, throwing away a two-goal lead, so we're all desperate to get back out there.”

McCourt has been troubled by injuries since joining Celtic but insists he is now in the best shape of his career.

And the winger has backed himself to have a part to play as Celtic continue their push to wrest the title from Rangers' grasp.

He said: “I'm feeling great at the moment. I'm as fit as I've ever been in my career and I'm really enjoying my football.”

Meanwhile, Stephen Ireland could make a January move to Celtic.

Neil Lennon is ready to step up his interest in the Cobh man, who is on the way out of Aston Villa.

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