Samaras seeks more happy memories

  • Last Updated: April 22 2013, 17:35 BST

Georgios Samaras has revealed his motivation at Celtic continues to be medals and not money.

Celtic retained the SPL title on Sunday
Celtic retained the SPL title on Sunday

The Greece international came on as substitute against Inverness at Parkhead on Sunday and scored a superb fourth goal in the 4-1 win which clinched the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.

With skipper Scott Brown sitting in the stand recovering from surgery to solve an abductor problem, Samaras was the longest-serving Celtic player on the pitch when the final whistle confirmed his third SPL championship medal.

The 28-year-old forward, who signed from Manchester City in July, 2008 following a loan spell at the club, also has a League Cup winners medal and gets the chance to win his second Scottish Cup when Celtic take on Hibernian in the final of the William Hill Scottish Cup next month.

As he reflected on his time at Parkhead while also looking to the future, Samaras claimed "winning games and titles" was what kept him going.

"I play football because I love it," he said.

"I want to have great memories when I have retired.

"These memories are about winning games and trophies, not the money.

"I love this club. I have been here six years and I feel that I have more to give.

"I am 28 and I do not know how long I will play football, maybe seven or eight years, maybe 10 years, maybe 12.

"I like to live my life in the now. I do not know what will happen in the future.

"I feel nice at this club so we will see what happens."

Samaras joked when asked if longevity in the game could equal that of Ryan Giggs, who is still turning out for Manchester United at the age of 39.

He said: "He is a legend. He is one of the best players in European football in the last 20 years.

"But I cannot see the future. I do not have this special power...yet.

"It is nice to live in the now and wait to see what happens in the future."

Former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink recently claimed Samaras was on his way to becoming Mr Celtic but he believes that accolade belongs to Brown.

"I think Broony is Mr Celtic," he said. "He came here six months earlier than me.

"It was great to hear those words from a great player like Jan, a great man as well.

"I really appreciate what he said because I respect him.

"But I think this club already has a great leader in Broony.

"We all look up to him. In Scotland, the captain has to be Scottish.

"Broony is perfect for this role. I cannot see anyone replacing him in this position."

Despite the absence of traditional rivals Rangers from the SPL this season, Samaras insists this season's title win did not elicit a different feeling.

"No, the same," said the former Heerenveen player. "It has been a tough season. It is not easy to win games and win titles.

"It is about 20-25 players working hard, helping each other. If you play and do well, that is good.

"If you look at the whole campaign, we deserved to win the league. Fifteen points is a big difference.

"We focused more on the Champions League and the start of the season so we were a bit flat then.

"But we deserved to win the title."

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