Celtic’s new signing Mohamed Bangura has declared that the Parkhead side are a stepping stone to one of Europe’s top leagues. The Sierra Leone striker made his debut against Motherwell this afternoon and a second half substitute, following his £2 million move from AIK Stockholm at the end of last month.
Despite just stepping through the Parkhead gates, the striker is looking to the future already hoping to make the step up in the not too distant future. Hoping that his performances for Neil Lennon’s side will have suitors from England, Spain and Italy seeking his signature.
Bangura said: “Coming to Celtic is a good move for me, but I want to reach the top. That’s what I’m working towards and this is a step forward for me. I am still fighting to reach the highest level. To come to Celtic gives me a good feeling because it’s another step in my career.
“I have to work to get to the top. I’m talking about the Spanish league, the English league or maybe the Italian league. If I can do my best here with Celtic then I will see what the future holds. If possible, I could make the next step in one year – if everything goes well and the club is willing, why not?”
The 22-year-old striker has signed a four-year deal with Celtic, after being given the thumbs up from Celtic legend Henrik Larsson.
Bangura added: “I feel ready to play. If I get the chance, it’s up to me to take it. I am looking forward to playing in our fantastic stadium. I can’t wait to see what it’s like when it’s full. Up until now, the most I’ve played in front of is maybe something like 35,000 when I played against Rosenborg in the Champions League with AIK.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennon commented on Bangura: “He’s a strong boy for his build, so he’s reminiscent of Henrik in that way. People have asked me if he’s the next Henrik Larsson – and the kid’s only been in a day! If he gets anywhere near that sort of level, we’ll be delighted.”
Speaking exclusively to Channel 67 after Celtic’s 4-0 win over Motherwell, Bangura seemed to have a change of heart over a quick departure from Celtic Park. He said: “The fans were great today,” he said, “They motivate me. They are fantastic and I loved it. I have started to enjoy myself here already and I believe I’m going to stay here for a very long time. I can see a long-term future at this club. It is really nice here.”
On his new team mates Bangura added: “They are the best. They have been nice to me and it is helping me settle. I am not surprised about what I saw today because the players all have great quality and fantastic discipline. For me it’s all about working hard and fitting in the team now and I’m enjoying it here so far. This is a team I believe I can achieve my dreams at. Each player has an ambition to pick up gold and if we win some trophies it will be amazing.
“I think everyone is ready to work for it, that’s why we’re here. We want to win trophies and score goals. I have a good feeling about the Championship this year because we are a top team and we play tough football. This is a team full of potential champions and I believe we can win it.”