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Last Updated: Monday, 9 July 2007, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
McDonald is enjoying going Dutch
Scott McDonald shows his delight during training
Scott McDonald is delighted to be doing pre-season with Celtic
Scott McDonald believes he and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are forging a good partnership, despite Celtic's 4-1 defeat by Young Boys of Berne.

The pair also played together in the Scottish champions' earlier pre-season victory over Basle.

"I'd like to think there is a potential partnership there," said new signing McDonald. "The big man did so well last year and he's a terrific target man.

"I haven't had that sort of partner for a wee while."

McDonald has joined for 700,000 from Motherwell, where he was often used as a "hold-up man".

"It feels good, but it's going to take time for him to get used to me," the 23-year-old said of Vennegoor of Hesselink.

"It's going to be tough with the competition among the strikers here, but it doesn't affect me too much.

If I had been away with Australia at the Gold Cup, it would have been a lot more difficult for me

Scott McDonald

"I'm excited, ready to fight for my place and I'm confident I can be successful.

"I guess there is pressure but I've said, time and again, that I just take it on my shoulders and get on with it.

"In training, you can see that it's magnificent for the strikers.

"Everyone is so sharp. You can't get a minute's peace because the standard is phenomenal, so already I can see a difference in quality and how much it's going to make me a better player."

McDonald was grateful to his country for leaving him out of their squad for the Asian Cup so he can establish himself at Celtic Park.

"If I had been away with Australia at the Gold Cup, it would have been a lot more difficult for me," he said.

"I've been fighting for my place from the start instead of coming in later and hoping to walk straight into the team.

"I spoke to the Australian FA and the manager, Graham Arnold, and they have been terrific with me. They knew how important it was I came out here.

"Once I'm settled at Celtic, hopefully I can represent my country and give them the benefit for years to come."

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