Brendan Rodgers has given Celtic fans hope of keeping loan-star Timothy Weah at Celtic beyond the end of the season.
The PSG wonder-kid has had a remarkable start to his Celtic loan spell. He has three Hoops goals already, with all three coming after being brought on from the bench by Rodgers.
As always with loan players, this has got some talking on social media. The idea of keeping him at Parkhead beyond the end of the campaign hasn’t been discussed at length, however. There’s still a massive part to play for the USA international here before he’s scheduled to go back to France.
But Rodgers has left the door open to a potential return for Weah. He also all but confirmed Oli Burke will head back to West Brom. Speaking in the Daily Record, Rodgers had this to say on the matter.
“He’s 18, so depending on how that goes, there’s maybe a possibility of extending that but I don’t like to talk too much.
“It’s a wee bit disrespectful to the team we bring them from. Because what happens is there’s a headline out there that says: ‘We want to buy…
“Let’s see how it goes and then we’ll review it with the club and him and his family at the end of it all. I am sure they (PSG) will take him back next pre-season and have another look and they they will decide where his next stage is if it’s not there.”
Premature to look beyond his loan deal
Like it or not, Weah still has plenty of proving to do at both Celtic and PSG. He’s made a sensational start, but a start is all it is. He needs to back it up with some consistency between now and the end of the season.
But if any of Celtic’s three loan deals are most likely to be extended – it would likely be this one.
West Brom have already confirmed they want Burke back. Their manager Darren Moore has spoken on several occasions about his return to the Hawthorns at the end of the season.
Jeremy Toljan’s deal, meanwhile, is strictly a loan with no option to buy. This was confirmed by Brendan Rodgers recently on Celtic TV.
PSG haven’t given as strong a stance on what they see in Weah’s future. But it’s certainly a discussion for the end of the season as opposed to anytime soon.