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New Celt Murphy buoyed by O'Shea backing

John O'Shea was amongst the first to congratulate Daryl Murphy on his move to Celtic.

The Waterford network was buzzing with news of Murphy's deal with the Manchester United man quick to text the new Celtic striker.

"Everything has been a bit mental," Murphy smiled as he told the Evening Herald about his transfer to Celtic. "My phone hasn't stopped with messages, everyone is delighted that I've got this move.

"John got in touch and wished me the best of luck and said that he hopes that it goes well.

"I don't know if he'll be jealous of me but he's Irish and it's built in to us automatically to be a Celtic fan and John is no different.

"Waterford isn't the biggest of places so most people in football know each other.

"People will be hunting down my number for tickets but I've got family and friends who are die-hard Celtic fans that come over to the matches and they've got an easy ticket contact now.

"The transfer picked up a gear over the last few days then it moved quite quickly and thankfully it's now all done.

"I only told my parents and girlfriend Roseann that the transfer was happening and it wasn't to go any further."

Murphy's career has been turbulent and unconventional- making his way from Waterford to Celtic via Luton, Sunderland, Sheffield and Ipswich.

Like many hopeful teenagers the striker had his heart broken by Luton Town when he was released with his dreams of the big time in tatters.

A million pound transfer to Celtic was the furthest thing from his mind as he headed home to Waterford hurt and disillusioned by the game.

Playing regularly for Waterford United helped him regain his appetite for the game as the prospect of moving back to the UK began to re-emerge.

"Going back to Waterford was the making of me to be honest," Murphy admitted. "I had three fantastic seasons there, everything was brilliant, I enjoyed my football and there was a great team spirit.

"I was living close by and everything just slotted into place. Just getting a regular game as a striker and for a manager who had faith in me brought out the best in me.

"That's when I started to do well and got recognised with the Ireland u-21's and then Sunderland took notice of me. I owe a lot to Waterford.

"When I left Luton I never thought about going back to Britain, I was so low and was just happy to be going home to play in my hometown and being close to my family.

"After a year or two I said to myself that if I get another chance I'll know what to do. I'd had a taste of it at Luton and an idea of what it's all about.

"I was ready then if I got another chance that I'd take it and thankfully I did."

Moving to Celtic will inevitably bring Murphy the opportunity to add to his nine international caps.

The big striker hasn't pulled on a green jersey for two years but is concentrating all his attention on making the grade at Celtic with international ambitions strictly in the background.

He added: "I've been out of the international side for about two years and that's the last thing on my mind. The first thing on my mind is to get into this team and start banging in goals. Hopefully after that the rest will take care of itself, my focus is 100% on Celtic. I want to break into the team, become a regular and win the league."