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Dutch striker wants Celtic deal

Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
The Dutchman got his second goal in as many games against Falkirk

Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink says he wants to stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

The Dutchman's future had been the subject of speculation after a miserable run in front of goal saw him go six months without scoring.

However, in the last week, he broke his duck with strikes against Hamilton Accies and Falkirk.

"I'd love to remain at Celtic. You always think about going home one day, but it's not on my mind now," he said.

Vennegoor of Hesselink joined Celtic from PSV Eindhoven in August 2006 for £3.4m and his current deal runs out at the end of this campaign.

In 101 appearances for Gordon Starchan's side, he has scored 52 goals, although this season he has managed to hit the net on just four occasions.

Injury and that slump in form also led to him being dropped from the Dutch national squad.

If you play in the Champions League every year and in front of 60,000 fans, I don't think you want to change that

Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

"I would lie if I said not scoring wouldn't do anything to me, but you have to concentrate and do your work and eventually the goals will come again," he said of notching his first strikes since September.

"From the outside, people look at you and think you're a striker and you have to score goals, although it's not your only job.

"But you have to be a little bit lucky and sometimes, if you try too hard, it works against you."

Celtic boss Strachan had previously indicated that he would like the striker to stay with his squad.

But Vennegoor of Hesselink admitted that there had been as yet no talks with the club over a contract extension.

"Hopefully it's coming and we'll see how that goes in the next couple of weeks," said the Dutchman.

"The main focus is winning the games, then the championship, and then we'll see what happens to my personal situation.

"But I want to be involved at this club. If you play in the Champions League every year and in front of 60,000 fans, I don't think you want to change that.

"Before the end of the season, we'll know what's happening."



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