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Murphy aims to strike it hot for Celtic boss Lennon

Daryl Murphy insists he can be first-choice striker at Celtic — despite failing to hold down a place at Sunderland.

The 27-year-old forward completed his move to Parkhead yesterday after signing a three-year deal with the Hoops.

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,” said Murphy.

“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.”

Confident Murphy added: “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 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.”

Celtic have been handed a testing tie against Portuguese league runners-up Sporting Braga in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

The Old Firm club, who finished second in last season's Scottish Premier League, will play away in the first leg of the tie on July 27 or 28, with the return at Parkhead on August 3 or 4.

Belfast Telegraph