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Sheridan wants bigger role at Celtic

Published 31/05/2010 | 10:51

Cillian Sheridan. Photo: PA
Cillian Sheridan. Photo: PA

Cillian Sheridan insists he wants to stay and fight for his place at Celtic.

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Republic of Ireland striker Sheridan has spent the last 16 months on loan at Motherwell, Plymouth and St Johnstone.

The 21-year-old has been linked with another temporary transfer to Hearts but is not giving up on making an impression under a new manager at Parkhead next season.

Sheridan, who earned his first two caps for his country against Paraguay and Algeria last week, said in the Scottish Sun: "Ideally, what I want to do is go back and play for Celtic.

"I want to play a bigger part, but it's up to me to perform in training.

"It's a big year for me. I'm back to where I was at this stage last season. I had a year left on my deal then too and I needed to get out and play. The only difference now is I've a couple of international caps.

"I am definitely more confident. I was only an Under-21 player before, but now I have full caps. I need to do well in pre-season. I know I'll be under more pressure than ever. People will expect more from me.

"It's a year since I've been at Celtic, but being away made me a better player."

Sheridan has been backed by departing loan star Robbie Keane, who finished Friday's 3-0 win over Algeria alongside his fellow forward.

Keane said: "Cillian is a real handful. He is very strong in the air and I think he won every header that came his way when he came on for his full debut against Paraguay. He's a very useful addition to the Irish squad."

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