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Loan striker Diomansy Kamara keen to extend Celtic stay

Celtic forward Diomansy Kamara
Kamara last featured for Celtic in February

Forward Diomansy Kamara wants to extend his stay at Celtic beyond the summer, despite the recent departure of Tony Mowbray as manager.

Kamara joined from Fulham on a six-month loan deal in January, reuniting with his former West Brom boss Mowbray.

Mowbray was sacked last week and a former agent of Kamara claimed the manager's departure would extinguish the player's desire to stay in Glasgow.

"Leaving Celtic is not in my plan," Kamara told the Celtic website.

"I read some wrong things in the newspaper when someone called Fabrizio Ferrari was talking in my name. But he was not talking for me at all. This is a massive club that I have a lot of respect for.

"I started well here and scored some goals. I am still playing with good players in a good team. I have been so impressed with the club and the supporters and I am still enjoying my time here. My only problem has been this (hamstring) injury.

"I hope to stay at Celtic as I have been so impressed by this club and I think we can do some good things in the future and I would like to be part of it."

I am hoping to come back to training next week for the cup semi-final

Diomansy Kamara

Kamara was one of a raft of Celtic captures during a busy January transfer window but Mowbray's side lost ground in the race for the Scottish Premier League in the months that followed and Wednesday's 4-0 loss to St Mirren triggered the manager's exit.

"I am sad that Tony Mowbray left as I have a lot of respect for him, but this is football," Kamara said.

The Senegal striker netted twice in his opening three Celtic appearances and the 29-year-old is keen to get back in action in time to face Ross County in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

"I am hoping to come back to training next week for the cup semi-final as this is an important game, so I have this date focused in my mind so I can get fit in time for it," he added.

"This is a big club with big expectations but I love to play with big expectations on my shoulders and when you see 50-60,000 people at home games and the great away support, it's unbelievable.

"Hopefully we can win the cup as well for the supporters."

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