Celtic’s latest signing, Nicolas Kühn, believes he is ready to showcase his abilities on the pitch and make a lasting impression during his time at the club.
The former Rapid Vienna winger expressed his enthusiasm for the challenges and expectations that come with playing for a club like Celtic.
He said: “I want to show what I’m capable of. As I said before, I want to excite the fans and have a nice couple of years here and nice moments with the fans together.”
The German winger welcomes the pressure associated with playing for a club like Celtic, where winning is not just a desire but an expectation.
Kühn said: “I like the pressure of being at Celtic because, of course, the fans and everyone knows that you normally have to win and want to win. It’s not always as easy as that, but yeah, at the end of the day, it’s all about winning.”
Kühn, who joined training today for the first time, is feeling good and optimistic about fitting into the team. However, he is unsure about whether he will play any part against Buckie Thistle on Sunday in the Scottish Cup.
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“I spoke with Brendan Rodgers a lot. He told me he brought me for dangerous areas in the pitch and to score more goals,” Kühn revealed, shedding light on the Irishman’s expectations from him.
Acknowledging the quality of the players around him, Kühn believes that being surrounded by great teammates improves his chances of scoring and assisting. He said: “With great players beside you, you have more opportunities, and you have just a stronger team for the opponent. Of course, it’s much more dangerous, and they don’t know where the danger is coming if you have a lot of players with high quality.”
Reflecting on his Fritz Walter gold medal win, which the likes of Marc-André ter Stegen, Antonio Rudiger, and Kai Havertz have previously won Kühn said: “Of course, it was a nice thing for me and my family. I didn’t really see it as pressure; for me, it was just recognition for what I did in the youth, and I think that shows there’s a lot of talent and quality there, so I have to bring it on the pitch.”
MAKING THE MOVE TO GLASGOW
Kühn, under the guidance of former Rangers midfielder Christian Nerlinger, shared the significant influence Nerlinger had on his decision to move to Glasgow.
He said: “I spoke with my manager, and he told me a lot about Scotland and, of course, Celtic as well. He said it was one of his best times here, and so we had good talks.”
Expressing his eagerness to play for Celtic, Kühn revealed that he followed the team’s recent games, including the 3-0 win against St Mirren.
“I saw some Celtic games, the last one being a 3-0 win, or I tried to because it’s not that easy to get it in Germany. I tried to follow some games and also the Champions League games. I saw, of course, and I really wanted to come.”
Describing his style of play, Kühn identifies himself as a creative player who is just as capable of scoring goals and providing assists for teammates.
He said: “I’m a really creative player. I like to hug the touchline, take one-on-ones and one-on-twos. I love to excite the fans and give them something.
“Of course I like to cross as well, but I also like to cut inside and search for a good pass.”
Kühn’s football idol, growing up, was none other than Lionel Messi, whose dribbling skills and left-footed finesse left a lasting impact on him. He said: “My football idol growing up was always Messi I loved the dribbling and he is also left footed.”
When asked about the lack of German impact at Celtic. Kühn said: “Of course, I want to change that. I knew Marvin Compper was here; I played with him at Leipzig and I want to do better than him.”
“The people here told me about the special European nights, so I’m really looking forward to it and having one of those nights,” Kühn confessed, expressing his excitement for the unique experiences that await him in Celtic’s future European campaigns. With his positive mindset and determination, Kühn is poised to become a fan favourite at Celtic Park.
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