Mowbray's arrival has revitalised us, claims Donati

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Massimo Donati believes every single Celtic player is benefiting from having Tony Mowbray at the helm – not just him. Midfielder Donati has been so impressed by his new manager, he recently revealed his desire to remain at Parkhead this season and ditch plans to return to his native Italy.

The 28-year-old endured an uneasy relationship with previous manager Gordon Strachan and openly admitted his desire to quit the Hoops last term after claiming he had been treated like an outcast.

However, Donati is now determined to resurrect his career under Mowbray and insists he is not the only player who is thriving under the new regime. He said: "The manager has been good with me but I know that he is looking at every player in his squad.

"In the last few weeks, it has been my chance but we are all good players and the manager will use us all. That is not a problem for me.

"I have good team-mates and I know they will get the chance to play as well. At the moment, there is a really good mentality and feeling in the squad. In training and games, people are playing for each other. It's not about every man for himself. That is good for everyone because we all enjoy being at Celtic. The mentality is different. Even if you are not playing, the manager keeps you involved. We are all part of the group; we are all involved in the game and there is a great spirit."

Donati's agent yesterday dismissed reports linking him with a move to Serie A side Bari and insisted there would be no decision on the player's future until after Celtic's Champions League play-off with Arsenal.

Donati himself has given no indication that a departure is on the cards before the end of the month.

He told Celtic View: "Things have been going really well. I'm not just talking about me personally, I'm talking about the team. There is a good atmosphere around the club just now. There's a new mentality, on the pitch and off the pitch, and it's good for us.

"We have had some good performances and I hope it continues. Personally, I'm just happy to be playing in the team again. When Georgios Samaras scored the winner against Dynamo, I went to the fans to celebrate because I was so happy to be involved.

"It was the same when I scored against Al-Ahly at Wembley. OK, that wasn't a big game, but I was happy to be on the pitch playing for Celtic again. Last season, it was hard for me. I was hardly in the first team for one whole year so to score at Wembley gave me a massive boost.

"Now, I'm involved again in important games for the team and it brings a change to my life. Any nervous feeling goes away. I am happy now."

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