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Daryl Murphy is hoping to play a key role in Celtic's title run-in after a frustrating debut campaign.

The Republic of Ireland international has struggled to establish himself as a regular since signing from Sunderland last summer.

Murphy was handed a rare start in Tuesday's win at St Johnstone and the 28-year-old is keen to play his part in Celtic's chase for SPL glory.

"If I end up scoring the winning goal that clinches the league then it will be unbelievable because I have not played a lot and I haven't scored many goals," revealed Murphy.

"It was good to be back, it has been a long time since I started a game for the first team.

"I knew there were a lot of games coming up and the manager reassured us that we all have a part to play and it was just a case of working hard and being ready when called upon.

"I certainly hope I can contribute. I feel good, I feel fit, I'm working hard in training and so if I can play a part in us winning the league then great."

Daryl Murphy

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"I was disappointed not to get on the scoresheet but I think the performance and win was the main thing.

"I just want to get in the team and try to score some goals towards the end of the season and hope the team does as well as we can.

"I knew it was going to be hard coming here but it is just a case of getting my head down and working.

"I certainly hope I can contribute. I feel good, I feel fit, I'm working hard in training and so if I can play a part in us winning the league then great."

Murphy has found his first-team chances blocked by the form of Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Georgios Samaras in attack and he concedes he can have little complaint about not playing ahead of the trio.

Tough

"It's been tough," added Murphy. "I've been injured and the two lads (Hooper and Stokes) have come in and banged in goals between them so it was always going to be hard to get in the team.

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"Competition is unbelievable in our team because we have so many players who can come on and change a game.

"Look at our bench the other night and the players that came on.

"It just shows how big our squad is and the competition for places, especially at this time of the season when we have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

"But when you look at the two lads who have scored so many goals, you can't be disappointed that you are not in the team.

"That's the way it goes, that's football.

"You just get on with it, train hard and see what you can do if the manager picks you."

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