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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Bellamy admits Hughes admiration
Craig Bellamy celebrates at Hampden
Craig Bellamy scored for Celtic against Hearts
Craig Bellamy has admitted admiration for Mark Hughes in the wake of the Blackburn Rovers manager expressing an interest in the on-loan Celtic striker.

Bellamy, who scored in Celtic's 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Hearts, was not ruling out remaining with the Scottish champions.

But he said: "I know the coaching staff at Blackburn and they are great people.

"I am very fortunate to have worked with Mark Hughes with Wales, but I will see what my options are in the summer."

Bellamy is unlikely to return to Newcastle United, having been loaned to Celtic after falling out with new manager Graeme Souness.

But there is a question mark over whether Celtic could afford the transfer fee likely to be demanded by the Premiership club.
This is the happiest I have been for some time
Craig Bellamy

It is also believed that Bellamy himself would probably prefer a return to English football, although guaranteed Champions League football with Celtic is an attractive option.

And Hughes last week admitted that, having failed with a previous bid for Bellamy, he might try again at the end of the season.

"But I have had a few troubles as everyone knows and the only thing I am thinking about is to be happy with my football and, at the moment, this is the happiest I have been for some time," he told BBC Sport.

"I am really enjoying my time here at Celtic.

"This will be the first cup final I have been involved in and there is a chance of two trophies by the end of the season as I hope to help the club retain the championship.

"I've definitely been inspired but when you come to a club like Celtic it's hard not to be inspired.

"It's such a great club and I'm just really happy to be playing football.

"I'm playing the position I love playing, I'm playing with players I love being with day in, day out and I'm really happy at the moment."

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