Football - Samaras seeks more happy memories

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

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Georgios Samaras has now won three SPL titles during his time at Celtic

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. 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, claims "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."

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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