Monday 18 December 2017

Sheridan wants bigger role at Celtic

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

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

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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