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Celtic move and chance to play in Champions League would have appealed to Kevin Doyle

Updated: Monday, 04 Feb 2013 10:56 | Comments

Doyle remains on the books of a Wolves side who are struggling in the Championship
Doyle remains on the books of a Wolves side who are struggling in the Championship

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has admitted he was disappointed to miss out on the chance to play Champions League football with Celtic.

The 29-year-old Wolves frontman was linked with a loan move to Parkhead on the final day of the January transfer window as speculation mounted over Gary Hooper's future amid Norwich City's dogged pursuit.

However, both men remained where they were when the 11pm deadline passed on Thursday evening.

Doyle said: "To be honest, the day or two before it I thought it was going to be done. I was pretty sure it was going to go ahead.

"Obviously there was a crossing of wires. I thought Wolves wanted to get me off the wage bill and that wasn't the case.

"The chairman (Steve Morgan) assured me that wasn't the case. So be it. I stay at Wolves and try get a bit of form going and get us going, because we are not in a good position at the moment."

Doyle went on: "It would have been a fantastic opportunity for four or five months, which would have been the length of the loan, to play for a team that are in the Champions League, the last 16 I think, and top of their league."

Doyle's comments came after he was presented with the FAI International Football Goal of the Year award for his winner in the World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan in September last year.

"It's my mother. It costs her a fortune voting for that goal of the year one," he joked when asked if he had the record for FAI awards.

"The two goals at the end of that game were massive to keep us in contention.

"It was a tough game and a couple of results afterwards that they played there shows it wasn't as straightforward as going out there and getting a result."

Doyle admitted that it will be nice to get away from the troubles at Wolves, as he spends this week preparing for Ireland's friendly with Poland at Lansdowne Road.

"It would have been a fantastic opportunity to play for a team that are in the Champions League" - Kevin Doyle

He said: "I think for everyone at the club it is not easy. That's why we are there – to try to play well. You have to put that to one side. We have had a tough couple of years and we were probably overconfident going into the Championship thinking we would do very well.

"It's bit us in the behind a bit and we are struggling. It's not nice, but we are all paid to play football and do well. That's what we should be doing and we haven't being doing that.

"It is nice to get away and come away to the international team. It always has been, whether the team is doing well at club level or not."

With Robbie Keane absent from the squad as he prepares for the start of the MLS season, Doyle looks likely to lead the line on Wednesday night.

He faces competition from the likes of Shane Long, Jonathan Walters and new boy Conor Sammon, but feels that the battle to start will bring out the best in him.

"It’s always nice to have new competition new faces to freshen things up, whether that’s at club level or international level," said Doyle.

"We had maybe four years of a very similar squad, new people coming in now who freshen it up and keep everyone on their toes.

"They are all quality players as well. It's not like we are bringing in people who aren't playing or not playing in the Premier League or Championship. They're very good players."  

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