Celtic’s pursuit of Timothy Weah, if there even was one, didn’t come across as forceful enough.
On the day that reports of a potential £8.9million move being completed to take the youngster to Lille is close, this is a blow to the Hoops. According to L’Equipe, Weah won’t be returning to PSG, but will stay in France. They state that Lille are prepared to offer the USA under-20 man a five-year contract.
Meanwhile, there have been no reports of Celtic having any further interest in him. Interest in a player who lit up almost every game he played in for Celtic. A player who shined with the USA in the under-20 World Cup in Poland, bagging two goals and an assist in the competition.
Of course, Weah didn’t leave Parkhead in the best of terms. He revealed on his Instagram that Neil Lennon had ordered him to leave the club after deciding to play in the under-20 World Cup. Reports suggest he wasn’t willing to return for the Scottish Cup final.
Did Celtic even want him?
And it’s been so quiet on a potential return since. Weah has revealed since his departure that he would’ve been open to a return to Parkhead (Scottish Sun). There’s no denying he could’ve done a job here either. His energy, flair, and pace would’ve made him a hit at Celtic if we chose to pursue it.
Instead, it looks like he’s set for a stay in France. A genuine wonder-kid who was open to coming to Celtic, and we’ve not taken the chance to launch a move for him.
Weah’s time at Celtic was underwhelming, but only because he was hardly used. Out of a possible, 21 matches, Weah started just four at Celtic. That’s despite the fact he offered more than the likes of Scott Sinclair and Oliver Burke, who featured regularly ahead of him.
His attitude for the club always seemed infectious. He continuously spoke well, and never gave off the impression he was anything other than 100% committed.
At the end of the day, Weah can’t be criticised for choosing to represent his country over maybe playing in the Scottish Cup final. He had every right to do what he felt was best.
But the fact we haven’t seemingly reentered into negotiations for him is mind-boggling. Perhaps we have, and Celtic have managed to keep it incredibly quiet, but that seems extremely doubtful. It looks from the outside as though we simply weren’t interested in bringing him back.
Goodness knows why if that’s the case.