GEORGIOS Samaras has played a crucial part in a very successful season for the Hoops as his goalscoring exploits on the European front prove, so it was fitting that he added the icing on the cake by squeezing in the final Celtic goal in Sunday’s 4-1 championship-clinching romp over Inverness Caley Thistle.
The Greek striker came off the bench to add even more spark to an effervescent second-half display that had ‘We are the champions’ written all over it and he took time out from the post-match celebrations to speak to this week’s special championship Celtic View.
The View has a fantastic FREE fold-out A2-sized 2012/13 championship poster as well as a timely look back at a fantastic season for Neil Lennon and his Celts with input from the men who lifted the title.
Samaras said: “It is a great feeling, it has been a hard season for everyone but we deserve to be where we are. Everybody at this club, the supporters, the coaching staff, the medical staff, everyone working behind the scenes, we all have a lot to be proud of.
“We have done a lot this season and it isn’t over yet. We have the cup final to look forward to and we want to finish with the double.”
And when asked about his favourite memory of the season, he found it difficult to pinpoint one particular episode.
He said: “I have no bad memories at Celtic, it´s all good. Of course you have your ups and downs just like everyone else, but in the end I love this club and I do my best to be a winner.
“I never give up, I work hard and do everything to win games and win titles. It´s all about Celtic.
“Winning the league has, for sure, given us an extra incentive to win the double. This is a good time to go on and win it. We need to stay focused, stay healthy and go and entertain at Hampden.
“We deserve to win the league this year, 100 per cent. We are the best team with the best players both individually and as a team. The points’ gap could be bigger but in the end we deserve to be the champions.
“We had a great run in Europe, we are still having a good run in the Scottish Cup and we have done well in the league as well.”
He added: “We had some special nights in Europe and that might be why we were a bit flat in the league around that time. It was difficult physically and mentally but we bounced back from that and went on a good run.
“Neil Lennon brought the winning mentality back to the club. He played for so many years here and he knows exactly what the supporters want. He knows exactly what it takes to win in the Scottish game.
“He keeps it simple - not many players come in and not many go out. We are a close group, we want to fight for each other and that is the most important thing. Hopefully he will continue to be the manager of Celtic and he will go on and win many more trophies.”For the full interview with Georgios Samaras as well as others with his championship-winning team-mates AND that FREE poster…see this week’s title-winning Celtic View, out Wednesday, April 24.To subscribe to the View, click HERE