Wanyama wants to stay

Last updated : 04 January 2012 By Grahame_greeen

celticVictor Wanyama insists he is not looking to leave the club after his recent eye-catching displays. The midfielder has produced some powerful stuff in recent weeks after settling in following his summer move from Belgium side Germinal Beerschot. The Kenyan, who cost almost £1million, scored the second goal of his Parkhead career during Monday's 3-0 win over Dunfermline, which kept Neil Lennon's men top of the SPL.
Wanyama, who volleyed home Charlie Mulgrew's deep free-kick, said: "Why would I be thinking of leaving? This is my home. I am very happy here, I only came in the summer and I am enjoying my football and my life. I have worked very hard to learn the pace of the game in Scotland and to settle in and I feel that is showing on the pitch. Celtic is a huge club and I knew that before I came here. I am really enjoying it, the fans have been very good to me and the club has been very good to me."
Manager Neil Lennon has been thrilled with the impact made by Wanyama, whose form should help ease the blow of Beram Kayal's ankle injury, which is expected to keep him out during the whole of January. Lennon said: "He has been terrific. He has got real presence. I didn't think he passed the ball as well as he could against Dunfermline at times, but he gets the ball back for us very, very well. He is composed and physically a real athlete. Again, he has weighed in with a goal, which I'm thrilled about."
Celtic are now looking forward to the trip north to take on Peterhead in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round tie. Celtic begin their defence of the cup against Peterhead, who are currently second bottom of the Irn-Bru Third Division, and the manager is still not sure which team he should put out for the game. Lennon said: "It's something we'll have to think about. Gary Hooper was feeling his groin before the game and we gave him an hour. Adam Matthews is feeling his thigh a bit. We'll have to see how the boys are. We've got a strong squad but we'll not take the game lightly because for Peterhead it's their cup final. We won the trophy last year and we want to win it again. Obviously, momentum is very, very important at this stage of this run."