Luis Palma admits Celtic 'downturn' in form as winger vows to fight for his future

Celtic star Luis Palma
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Luis Palma insists he's determined to get back to his best for Celtic ahead of the new season.

The winger made an impressive impact during his first six months at Parkhead before suffering a dip in form in the New Year. He still ended the Double-winning campaign with 24 goal contributions but Palma has vowed to up his game and reach top levels on a consistent basis as he fights for a starting spot under Brendan Rodgers.

The Honduran said: "I joined Celtic and had a spectacular first few months. However, every footballer has his downturn. I have to be aware of that and I have to be realistic with myself. I have to look in the mirror and tell the truth. I have an obligation to play a better role than 'good'.

"But the final few months of the season were better for me. I always carry a saying with me - 'Never give up until you reach your best version'. I will never give up trying to fulfil my dreams. In Greece, there were also bad moments for me at the start. Not everything was good but you need to have resilience.

"If you are having a difficult moment at any time in life, this is the case. You need resilience to know everything will get better. One of my former coaches, Francisco Pavon, once said to me, 'Luis, the complicated thing is not getting there, it's staying there'.

"I'm working hard. I am very happy to be at Celtic and I want to stay here and keep taking steps. I always say to young players who want to have a career - work hard and show humility and discipline."