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‘I look at them every day and I learn’: Celina loving his Ipswich learning curve

PUBLISHED: 16:36 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:51 06 December 2017

Bersant Celina celebrates with Jonas Knudsen after the 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Bersant Celina celebrates with Jonas Knudsen after the 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Bersant Celina has insisted he is enjoying his Ipswich Town learning curve.

Having now forced his way into Mick McCarthy’s starting line-up, the Manchester City loanee has seven Ipswich goals to his name and has become an important part of a Blues side which is the Championship’s second highest scoring.

Celina admitted he is learning some aspects of the game that he has not been asked to do before and is enjoying picking up tips from the club’s senior pros.

“I’m learning a lot of stuff from him now and it’s different to Manchester City because there is a different philosophy but this is something I need right now and I’m in a really good place,” he said.

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“As long as you do the defending, in the end you’ll get the ball and have to take the chance and try and do some good staff.

“They are really good players and I look at them every day and I learn from Waggy, I learn from Didzy. There is a lot of players in the team I look up to.

“They are older than me and I try to learn from everyone.”

Celina is particularly enjoying learning from top scorer Martyn Waghorn.

Bersant Celina has been in fine form for Ipswich. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD Bersant Celina has been in fine form for Ipswich. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

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“You can see he is a very talented player and you can see that from the goals he scores,” he said.

“I feel like I need to learn that and if I can get that, score more goals like him, then that will be great.”

Bartosz Bialkowski and Ipswich Town still have ‘a couple of things to sort’ before the Polish goalkeeper signs his new contract with the club.

Mick McCarthy shouted ‘f*** off’ in the direction of – but, he insists, not at – Ipswich Town fans after his side took the lead at Norwich on Sunday. Today the Blues boss, who has faced plenty of toxic chants over the last 12 months, was quizzed on the incident ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff.

Mick McCarthy has no new injury worries for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff City but admits he could make changes to his side as he prepares for the second of three games in just seven days.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is anticipating another eventful evening when he brings his side to Portman Road tomorrow night.

Ipswich Town welcome a Cardiff side sitting second in the Championship to Portman Road.

Winning games of football is the best way to heal a damaged relationship between touchline and terrace, former Blues boss George Burley insists.

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Ipswich Town Ladies continued their attempt to defend the Suffolk Women’s FA Cup for the fourth successive year with a comfortable 7-1 victory over a spirited Bungay Town Ladies’ at Skyliner Sports Centre in Bury St Edmunds, writes Kieren Standley.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has apologised for any offence he caused while celebrating Luke Chambers’ goal at Norwich on Sunday, but has reiterated he did not aim his comments at the Blues fans.

Match highlights from Ipswich Town’s dramatic 1-1 draw with rivals Norwich in the East Anglian derby.

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