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WAKASO HOPES

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GHANIAN winger Wakaso Mubarak is hoping the summer arrival of Dundee United’s Gary Mackay-Steven doesn’t mean the end for him at Celtic.

And the 24-year-old, on loan from Russian side Rubin Kazan until the end of the season, hopes to use the African Cup of Nations to show he can still do a job at the champions.

Wakaso made a sensational start to his career with the Hoops when he scored on his debut in the 2-2 draw with Red Bull Salzburg in Austria in September.

Ronny Deila said at the time: “It looks like he could become a fans’ favourite at Celtic.

“Our supporters like quick players, players who can go past people and who have energy. Wakaso had that in his game.”

Since then, though, the pacy touchline operator has only made another nine appearances for the club.

But Wakaso plans to use the tournament in Morocco to tempt Celtic to at least extend his loan contract by another season.

He came off the bench for his country in their first game – a 2-1 defeat to Senegal – but he will be hoping to achieve more as the competition progresses.

A source said: “Wakaso believes he can do a good job for Celtic.

“He is aware they have just signed another wide player on a pre-contract.

“However, he also realises that good performances in the African Cup of Nations will impress his manager in Scotland.

“Wakaso wants to do well for his country – and for Celtic.”

 
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