McCourt wants to make more of an impact

Glasgow Celtic player Paddy McCourt. Photo: Jeff Holmes
Glasgow Celtic player Paddy McCourt. Photo: Jeff Holmes

Derry man Paddy McCourt says that he hopes to make more of an impact for Glasgow Celtic during the forthcoming 2012/13 season.

The 28 year-old attacking midfielder made only three appearances for the Bhoys since coming on against Motherwell last November. McCourt’s limited involvement in first team proceedings at Celtic Park has largely been down to injuries and bad luck.

Be that as it may the former Derry City star is hoping that his fortune will change soon.

“I’m hoping to play as much as possible. I don’t think I played that big a role last year through one thing or another. I’m hoping to contribute a bit more this year,” he said.

Throughout Celtic’s pre-season training, manager Neil Lennon, has opted to play McCourt in much deeper than usual midfield role. The Northern Ireland international explained that he’s not bothered where he’s playing, just as long as he’s getting first team football.

“I don’t really mind to be honest,” he said. “I know it’s a cliché to say ‘as long as I’m in the team’ but I genuinely mean that. If the manager sees me playing there then I’ve no problem playing there.

“I haven’t played that role that much but I started to play it towards the end of last season and the start of this. The more I play it, the more I’m getting used to it.”

McCourt has been linked with a move to English Championship side Blackpool but added that until he is told different he has his heart set on playing for Celtic.

“It’s early yet,” he said. “The manager or (chief executive) Peter (Lawwell) haven’t come to me and said there any offers or anything. Until that happens there is no decision to make.”