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Striker happy to prolong his stay in Glasgow

Celtic striker Paul McGowan has revealed that he has put pen to paper on a fresh two-year deal with the club.

The young forward has not featured for the Bhoys in a competitive contest since former boss Tony Mowbray was given the boot, but he still hopes to earn the trust of interim manager Neil Lennon.

"I have signed a new contract for two years on Wednesday there, so I was delighted to get that sorted," McGowan told the BBC. "I worked with Neil before and got on with him well.

"Obviously, Tony Mowbray was starting to take a liking to me and then the sacking came, but that's football.

"I was in a no-win situation. I am not 23 yet. If I knock the offer back, somebody has got to come in and pay X amount of compensation and there's no money going about in the game.

"But that is not a problem. I was delighted to sign and I am confident in myself whatever manager comes in."

He added: "My main aim is to push on again. It is going to be hard for me to try and break back in, but I am confident I can do it."

Having not played competitively for some time now, McGowan was last night given a run out in a friendly against AZ Alkmaar that the Hoops lost 2-1 at Parkhead.

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