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Paddy McCourt’s new Celtic pledge

Paddy McCourt has set his sights on holding down a first-team place at Celtic next term after ending the season on a personal high.

The Northern Ireland international opened the scoring in Celtic's 2-0 win over St Pauli in a friendly on Tuesday with an impressive individual effort.

Reflecting on his season, he said: “It's been all right.

“I managed to make my full debut and went on to make a few starts and get a few goals.

“So it's not been bad but it's not been great either, although it's been an improvement on my first season.

“Obviously making my full debut, scoring and picking up a man of the match were all personal highlights.

“It was a season where there weren't too many highlights for the club though, as it was a poor season by Celtic's standards.

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“I was hoping to establish myself this year. Obviously it hasn't quite happened.

“There have been a few personal highlights, but on the whole I haven't played as I would have liked. So I'm looking forward to a break now and see what happens for next year.”

Meanwhile, Sol Campbell has refused to rule out a move to Celtic, while Hull have paved the way for Jimmy Bullard to join the Hoops on loan next season.

Campbell, 35, is keen to remain at Arsenal though he has yet to agree a new deal.

Hull would consider letting record signing Bullard join Celtic on loan if the SPL side make an approach.

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