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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 July, 2004, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Camara keen to impress
Senegal's Henri Camara
Senegal's Henri Camara is keen to score goals for his new club Celtic
Celtic's new signing Henri Camara says that seven is his lucky number but he will not be taking over Henrik Larsson's old shirt.

Instead, the Senegalese striker on loan from Wolves will wear number 27 on his back.

"I was told the number seven was taken," Camara explained.

Camara wears the number seven shirt for his country and last season wore Wolves' number 17 jersey.

The forward will however be aiming to emulate Larsson's scoring record, especially in games against Celtic's arch-rivals Rangers.

Rangers lost all five games between the two sides last season and have moved to bring in a host of new players.

One is Cameroon-born defender Jean-Alain Boumsong who signed from Auxerre and Camara already has a good record against him in the French League.

He said: "I have scored against him in the past and I hope that will continue."

In the 2002-03 season he netted three times against Boumsong for Sedan, who were relegated.

Last season ended in relegation for Camara as Wolves dropped out of the Premiership and the 27-year-old angered the club's fans by refusing to play for them again.

If I have a good year I hope I can stay at Celtic
Henri Camara

"I was worried about my international future. I felt I could not play in the first division in England," he explained.

Camara has not trained for three weeks following his refusal to join the Wolves players on a tour of Norway.

He was heavily fined and now believes it will take him two weeks to catch up with his new team-mates, who are currently on a tour of America.

Camara's loan fee is a British record US $2.75m (1.5m) and there is also an option for that to become permanent for an extra US $10.5m (5.8m).

He admitted the only way that would become reality was by scoring a lot of goals in a Celtic shirt.

"To score goals is never easy anywhere," he said.

"But if I am fit and ready I'm sure I can score some here."

"If I have a good year I hope I can stay at Celtic."

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