Celtic's Chris not just Killen time

David Cuffley Striker Chris Killen is undaunted by the possibility of making his Norwich City debut in the hothouse atmosphere of Molineux tonight.The 27-year-old New Zealander sees a trip to Championship leaders Wolves as the ideal launch pad for his loan to the Canaries, which runs for the rest of the season.

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Striker Chris Killen is undaunted by the possibility of making his Norwich City debut in the hothouse atmosphere of Molineux tonight.

The 27-year-old New Zealander sees a trip to Championship leaders Wolves as the ideal launch pad for his loan to the Canaries, which runs for the rest of the season.

“What better stage? That's what I've come here for, the big games, and it would be great to be involved in that,” said Killen, who trained with City for the first time on Sunday and travelled to the Midlands with the squad yesterday.


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“What better time could we get them? They're flying, we've got nothing to lose. Let's go up there and see what we can do.”

Killen joined Celtic from Hibernian in 2007 but has been restricted to just three starts, plus 25 appearances as a substitute, scoring once, hence his pressing desire for first team football.

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He said: “You go to such a big club and you just want to go out and play. There are 53,000 there every week, that's what you work for in the week to go and play and when you don't it's frustrating.

“I hope I've still got a future there. The reason I'm coming here is to get games and do well for Norwich and I hope I'll go back there and do well.

“I'm really happy to be here. It's going to be a battle and I'm up for it. I've come here to play and hopefully help out the side and get us out of this position.

“It's been a little while since I've had a competitive game and I've just come off the back of a mini pre-season, coming back from injury.”

Killen is hoping Celtic's “must win” mindset can be replicated at Norwich.

He said: “We know at Celtic when we go into every game, we think we're going to win and nine times out of 10 we do win the games. I want to keep that winning mentality and I hope it could rub off down here.

“It's about results. At this end of the table it's nothing other than results. That's what we need. It doesn't have to be pretty.

“I don't mind a battle. Scottish football is quite tough as well and I'm well prepared for it.”

Killen, who knows goalkeeper David Marshall from Celtic and winger Lee Croft from Manchester City, is also familiar with City's other Glasgow import, Rangers midfielder Alan Gow, also on loan for the rest of the season.

“I've played against him over the years and he will be a good addition to the squad and it will be good to have him here,” he said.

The 6ft Killen was with Manchester City, Oldham and Hibs before Gordon Strachan took him to Celtic in May 2007.

He has scored 15 goals in 26 international appearances and scored the second in New Zealand's historic 3-1 win over Georgia in May 2006 in Germany, the Kiwis' first win on international soil.

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