Date: 27th June 2008 at 8:20pm
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Manchester City and Greece international Georgios Samaras has confirmed he wants to sign for Scottish Premier League Champions Celtic, on a permanent basis.

The 23-year-old striker spent most of last season on loan at Parkhead after being frozen out of City’s starting 11, however, after having a relatively successful campaign for the green side of Glasgow, it is believed Hoops boss Gordon Strachan has been impresses by his contributions and has tabled a £3million bid for the 6’4 forward.

‘Coming back to Celtic would still be my first choice,’ Samaras told This is London. ‘I had a great time at the club and the loan deal we made in January worked out really well. It helped Celtic, but it helped me too.

‘Everything was correct during that time. I think the supporters took to me and I feel really happy about that. I also formed good relationships with my team-mates, the coaching staff and everyone else inside the club.’

‘I hope that can all continue in the future because there was so much support and love shown to me at Celtic last season. I’m waiting to see what will happen over the next days.’


Samaras joined Manchester City for a fee of £5.25 million in January 2006 from Dutch side Heerenveen.