Samaras has endured a difficult season with Celtic, and ended the campaign having scored only once in his last 17 appearances for the club. He has been linked with a move away from Glasgow this summer but said in May he wants to stay with Celtic.
Often deployed by Otto Rehhagel as a support striker on the flanks, he made his international debut shortly after his 21st birthday. He could have played for Australia as both his grandfather and father were born there. His dad, Giannis, played for Greece in the 1980s.
Samaras became Greece’s most expensive player in 2006 when he joined Manchester City from Heerenveen for £6m, but he failed to establish himself at Eastlands. After scoring eight goals in 55 Premier League appearances (27 of which were from the bench), he was loaned to Celtic in 2008, with the transfer later made permanent.
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