Scepovic confident of justifying high price tag despite slow start at Celtic

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic is confident that he can justify his price tag.

In a bid to improve his strike force, Celtic manager Ronny Deila forked out £2.3m to sign Serbian international centre forward Stefan Scepovic.

Scepovic, 24, smashed 23 goals in just 39 league games for Sporting Gijon, and after prolonged transfer saga involving La Liga side Getafe, he finally joined Celtic on transfer deadline day.

Whilst he'd earned a reputation for being a prolific goal poacher in Spain, Scepovic has so far struggled to impress in Glasgow, with much of the limelight falling upon John Guidetti, who seemingly can't stop scoring for Deila's side.

Scepovic's poor form with Celtic has led to speculation that he could return to Spain, with Levante linked with a bid to sign him - only for Deila to reject any notion of him leaving the club, and Scepovic was glad to gain support from his manager.

"It was good to read that," said Scepovic. "It's important the manager believes in me and I hope I will get more chances. The more time you have on the pitch, the more confidence you have."

Scepovic also told The Herald that competition for places is intense in the Celtic attack, but also revealed that he isn't feeling the pressure of his price tag.

"We have played with one striker so far but, you never know, in some games we may play with two," he continued. "It's the manager's choice and, of course, John is scoring goals now. Leigh is there too so it's not easy. But it's good for us to have so many good players competition for the position as it makes everyone work harder."

"It's not pressure," Scepovic added. "It says I had a good season in Sporting and they wanted to get some money for me because we did not make a good result in the Segunda Division in Spain. Your value is based on the previous season."

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