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Name:Georgios Samaras
Position:Attacker
Born:21 Feb, 1985
Birthplace:Heraklion, Greece
Signed from:Manchester City, 29 Jan, 2008
Club Starts:168
Sub Appearances:83
Total Appearances: 251
Club Goals:72
National Team:Greece
Caps:36

 

Samaras scored on his Hoops debut, coming on as a substitute in the Scottish Cup victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and netting one of Celtic’s five goals.

He came to Celtic on a six-month loan spell from Manchester City in the second half of the 2007/08 season, but after helping the Hoops to their third successive SPL title he made the move permanent.

The Greek striker is often utilised on the wings but has a tendency to score some crucial goals, including the last minute overhead winner against Aberdeen in the 4-3 league match this season.

He also had an outstanding UEFA Champions League campaign last year, having scored in all five away matches before the club reached the knockout stages, ultimately securing his status as a fans' favourite.

This season, Samaras has netted seven goals until the end of March 2014, including a hat-trick at Rugby Park in a 5-2 victory for the Hoops.

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