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Crosas desperate for regular football at Celtic

Marc Crosas is urging Celtic boss Neil Lennon to give him a regular run in the first team. The Spanish midfielder has vowed to fight for a place in the Hoops' starting XI after turning down interest from Espanyol and Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day.

The 22-year-old former Barcelona youngster has yet to feature for Lennon's team this season but he hopes he will be in contention for the weekend trip to Kilmarnock.

He told The Glasgow Evening Times: "Neil Lennon has to realise that I'm not the sixth midfielder."

"Offers arrived in summer, but none were interesting enough for me to leave Celtic. I'm in a great club, but my aim is to play, I am still only 22."

Unfortunately for Crosas, his age is another obstacle to him winning a place even on the bench as he no longer qualifies as one of the three Under-21 players clubs must list every match day.

It is a situation he has discussed with Lennon, adding: "We tried to find a solution before the close of summer transfer window. Now he has told me I'm one of a group he can pick from and I have to work, as I am doing, to have a chance."

Crosas concedes opportunities may have been more plentiful had Celtic not crashed out of Europe before the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.

Crosas added: "We failed in Europe and now we only have the two cups and the championship, and a club like Celtic has the obligation to win everything."

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