Calvin Miller's wait to impress Celtic manager goes on

By David Walton

July 28, 2019

Calvin Miller’s Celtic career continues to frustrate.

Before pre-season began, Miller was out claiming that he was looking to impress Neil Lennon and stake his claim (The Herald). This came after a productive season at both Dundee and Ayr United. The left-winger made a total of 30 appearances for both in the Premiership and Championship.

They weren’t all as a left-back either. Miller would occasionally play in his old role as a second-striker for Ian McCall’s Ayr side. He only scored one goal for the club, but did reach the Championship playoffs before being knocked out by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

But despite all of his good work last season, he’s been hitting his head off a brick wall since coming back. After shouting out about wanting to make his mark at Celtic, he’s yet to be given the chance.

Calvin Miller hasn’t been given a chance under Neil Lennon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Indeed, in Celtic’s three competitive matches so far, Miller hasn’t even made a single squad. During pre-season, the left-back secured 45 minutes against Pinkafeld, and bagged an assist as he helped get Leigh Griffiths off the mark after his long-term absence.

He then failed to make either of the squads to face Wiener Sport-Club or St Gallen in the final two pre-season matches.

Calvin Miller’s Celtic career looks to be on a shoogly peg

Lennon hasn’t mentioned him as being one for game-time in the near future, and his competition at left-back has increased by the signing of Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.

It’s a shame to see such a decent youth talent in Miller not being utilised. At any other Scottish club, he would be getting a chance more regularly. But unfortunately, the quality at Celtic remains too strong to justify his inclusion for now.

Miller’s loan spell at Dundee certainly done him well (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With an eye on Miller’s future, he currently has just one year remaining on his deal (Transfermarkt). At 21, Miller has a big decision to make over his future.

Celtic, of course, may not be able to offload him permanently this summer. That would require offers to come in for him. Unfortunately, it may be the case that clubs will want to wait until January. That’s when they can sign the youngster up on a pre-contract for nothing.

Can Neil Lennon truly justify Miller’s inclusion? (Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

But Miller’s future at Celtic seems all but over. The competition level combined with his contract length and lack of a legitimate claim to be anywhere near the starting XI, moving from Parkhead seems the right choice.

Don’t be surprised to see Miller head out the door for a final loan move before his contract expires. But making the grade at Parkhead has just been one step too far for him. At this stage of his career, it’s consistent game-time he needs.