McCourt asks for patience from Celtic faithful

Celtic winger Paddy McCourt says fans have yet to see the best of him.

Celtic winger Paddy McCourt says fans have yet to see the best of him.

After arriving from Derry City last year he had struggled to break into the team, but in two starts over the last week he has scored two fantastic goals.

"There's no way I'm near the finished article," the Northern Irishman told BBC Radio Scotland.

"I'll still get fitter and I'll still get better, but at the minute it's nice to get a few starts and some goals.

"It's the first time I've played two games in a week for a long time and I was feeling it towards the end. But it's nice to get a couple of goals." said McCourt.

"It's brilliant just to be involved at this club. It's something I've always dreamed of doing."

McCourt admits that it has taken him a full year to condition himself to the fitness levels required at the Scottish Premier League side.

"When I came from Derry City I was nowhere near ready to play here. I was lucky that my ability was getting me through games in the League of Ireland," he said.

"The jump in terms of fitness was massive for me and it took my body a while to come to terms with it.

"Luckily this year I've been able to get a full pre-season and do every day at training without any set-backs.

As well as improved fitness he says he still has to work on aspects of his game.

"Nowadays wingers have to track back as well as create, and that's not a natural part of my game," he said.

"I enjoy the attacking side of the game and trying to beat players but I need to work on my defensive side.

"If I can blend the two together hopefully I can be a regular in the side.

"Aiden McGeady and Shaun Maloney are the first-choice wingers at the minute.

"But it's a challenge to get in the side with those two fantastic players in front of me.

"All I can do is do my best when I get the chance and hopefully score a few goals."

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