Wanyama optimistic Michel's appointment as Kenya coach will take country to the next level

The combative midfielder terms Michel's arrival as a 'gift to Kenyans' and tips the French tactician to turn around the country's fortunes

Scottish champions Celtic FC midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyama believes the appointment of Frenchman Henri Michel to handle Kenya national team Harambee Stars “will take the country to the highest level.”

Wanyama termed the arrival of Michel, who was unveiled on Tuesday as “the biggest gift to the country in terms of rebuilding the sport.”

“One thing for sure I personally don’t know Michel…I have never met him before but I have heard all the good things he has done in the country’s he has been in charge.”

“He (Michel) did a marvelous job in Ivory Coast and I want to assure him of my commitment to working alongside him as he ventures into the new appointment,” Wanyama told Soccer Africa on telephone from Glasgow.

Wanyama, who became the first Kenyan in history to score a Champions League goal for Celtic in the 2-0 win over Helsinborg of Sweden, revealed that he was flattered by the growing list of European clubs seeking for his signature but insisted “I have a contract at Celtic.”

“I know Arsenal, QPR, Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle have shown interest in me but I am committed to Celtic. I signed a four year contract when I joined Celtic and this is my second…so I have three more to go.”

“I feel flattered of course but am enjoying every bit of my stay here and my focus now is to make sure that the team performs well in the Champions League group stage.”

Celtic, who ended a four year wait to join the elites in Europe, will be in Group G alongside Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.