Neil Lennon has revealed that he couldn’t select Celtic loan star Timothy Weah last week due to a back spasm.
Concerns were rising after Weah released a social media post before the Kilmarnock game all but confirming he wouldn’t be selected. This came after a string of sub appearances, and it looked as though Weah may have played his last game for the Hoops.
But, in a surprising turn of events yesterday, the USA international made just his fourth start against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. He struggled to get into the game much, but showed flashes of what he’s capable of.
And, speaking to Sky Sports Main Event before the game (Saturday May 4th, 12:00), Lennon revealed that Weah’s previous absence was due to injury.
“He’s done very well Timothy. He was unlucky not to start last week – he had a back spasm. But we felt it was his time to give him an opportunity today.
“He’s done very well in the games and the appearances since I’ve been here so he’s good to go.”
Weah’s omission from the squad altogether last week was certainly a concern. He’s a real lively spark for Celtic in the final third, and has been the source of chances in recent weeks.
Lennon’s clarity here clears up just what was going on last week. Even if fans would’ve preferred to have known last week, it’s good to see Weah wasn’t just overlooked.
Granted, the USA youngster didn’t actually shine at Pittodrie yesterday. He failed to get into the game to any great deal and was eventually hooked by Lennon late on.
In saying that, however, he still offered more than Scott Sinclair has in recent times. Weah did get past Shay Logan on a few occasions, but the main problem for Celtic was their failure to get him in the game more.
It didn’t matter in the end, with Lennon’s men running out convincing 3-0 winners and sealing eight-in-a-row.
It will now be interesting to see if Weah has done enough to keep his place in the team. Sinclair certainly doesn’t deserve to just come right back in. Jonny Hayes, meanwhile, could have to cover at left-back if Kieran Tierney is injured.
Hopefully he gets his chance. It would be interesting to see his pace up against the Rangers back-line. But, at the end of the day, it’s Lennon’s call.