Robert Snodgrass plays down Celtic summer move talk with Newcastle United reportedly tracking the Norwich City midfielder
09:06 30 April 2014
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Robert Snodgrass is putting talk of his future firmly on hold to give everything for Norwich City’s Premier League survival cause.
Snodgrass was touted with a move to boyhood club Celtic in the January window and fresh speculation in the north-east suggests Newcastle United could be another possible suitor if the Canaries lose their relegation battle.
The Scottish international has one-year left on his existing Carrow Road deal but it is the immediate future he is focused on with Neil Adams’ squad desperate for points against Chelsea and Arsenal after slipping into the bottom three. Snodgrass distanced himself from Celtic’s reported interest when questioned earlier this week at the Scottish PFA player-of-the-year awards.
“You must be doing something right if you are being linked with a club like Celtic,” he said. “But I have another year left at Norwich and I will give everything I have got in my body for that club because they have been terrific with me. They gave me my chance to play in the Premier League so I will honour that. There is always going to be lots of talk. Celtic are a massive club but I have a job to do for Norwich and I will focus every bit of my effort trying to keep Norwich in the league. If the worst comes to the worst and you look back with any regret, or if you could have done more, then I won’t be able to live with myself. We have had very tough games over the last few weeks and it doesn’t get any easier with Chelsea and Arsenal coming up. But I am relishing the challenge and hopefully we can do it.”
Snodgrass revealed he would also like to see Neil Lennon remain at Parkhead with the Bhoys’ boss reportedly one of the leading front-runners to be Chris Hughton’s permanent successor at Norwich should the Canaries opt not to keep Adams in charge.
“The Celtic lads have great things to say about him so if that is what he is wanting (work in England) then good luck to him,” said Snodgrass. “But (with) the manager in charge now, even though we are not getting results, we are playing well in certain spells. It will be interesting to see who does get the job. I’m sure Neil Adams will put his name in the hat and push his own claim. I will let the powers-that-be upstairs decide that. But I’m a Celtic fan so I would like to see him trying to do better in the Champions League (group) stage and try to get the treble.”