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The Bhoys midfielder hopes to contribute more to the Glasgow giants in the coming season having been reduced to mostly substitute appearances last season

Celtic winger Paddy McCourt says that he is hoping to contribute more to the Bhoys this season and played down rumours of a departure from Celtic Park.

"I’m hoping to play as much as possible," McCourt told the Irish Examiner.

The 28-year-old joined Celtic from Derry City in 2008 and has played an intermittent role in the first team, but the Derry born attacking midfielder is keen to cement a place in the coming season.

"I don’t think I played that big a role last year through one thing or another," he added. "I’m hoping to contribute a bit more this year."

The Northern Ireland international has been linked with a move away from Celtic Park in the past, with a number of clubs, including Liverpool and Wolves, said to be interested.

However McCourt dismissed the idea that he was set to leave and revealed that the club have not told him that there is interest in him.

"It’s early yet," he said. "The manager or (chief executive) Peter (Lawwell) haven’t come to me and said there any offers or anything.

"Until that happens there is no decision to make," concluded McCourt.

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