Killen to fight for place

Striker relishing competition for striking spots

Killen: Unfazed by competition

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Chris Killen has admitted that it will be difficult to establish himself as a regular starter in the Celtic side.

The New Zealand international produced a sparkling performance as Celtic continued their preparations for the new season with a 3-0 friendly victory over Brisbane Roar.

He scored two goals in three minutes before Koki Mizuno wrapped up the win, but new manager Tony Mowbray was keen to look at several of his other attacking options and Scott McDonald, Georgios Samaras and new signing Marc-Antoine Fortune all figured.

Killen accepts that competition for places will be fierce but he is relishing the challenge of trying to stay in the team for a long run.

"Being at such a big club, there is competition for places all around the field," he explained.

"We've got four good strikers at the club and there are plenty more coming through.

"You've got to keep on your toes, work hard and keep your head down."

Mowbray praise

Mowbray has also backed Killen to put pressure on the other forwards after being impressed by his display against Brisbane.

"I know Chris Killen can score goals," said Mowbray.

"He's physically very, very strong and a team player. If he carries on in the same vein as he did today, will he have a future? Yes.

"He knows he's got a fight on his hands to get the minutes on the pitch to be able to do the damage. He's a good lad and a good professional.

"The best teams have competition for places and Chris Killen will hopefully intensify that competition for our club."


Meanwhile, the UK agent of Landry N'Guemo has cast doubt over the Nancy midfielder's future.

The Cameroonian stated on Friday that he was close to joining Celtic and was looking forward to the move.

However, agent Barry O'Connor has now claimed that N'Guemo would rather go to a club in the Premier League.

"Landry is flattered by Celtc's interest but he wants to play in England," O'Connor said in The People.