Celtic striker Timothy Weah’s availability for the Scottish Cup final will be decided on Friday.
Weah is at risk of being called up for the USA under-20 squad for this summer’s under-20 World Cup. The dates of the tournament clash with Celtic’s Scottish Cup final showdown against Hearts on May 25th.
The USA open their campaign against Ukraine on May 24th. Therefore, if Weah is selected then there’s no denying he’ll miss the chance to seal a treble-treble this month.
USA under-20 boss Tab Ramos will announce his squad on Friday. But despite Weah playing in the double-header for the under-20s in March, it’s not all doom and gloom for Celtic here.
There is the chance that the USA want him in the senior squad. The CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off in mid-June for the A squad. Weah has already made eight appearances for the senior side and has also scored for them too. It’s not inconceivable that he gets chosen for them over the under-20s.
But the prospect of a World Cup, even at a lower age level, will still be a good learning process for him.
Weah would be a loss
We all know we can win the Scottish Cup without Weah in the squad. Celtic wiped the floor with Hearts in the Betfred Cup last year, and also defeated the Jambos 5-0 at Parkhead last December. The Hoops, on their day, don’t need the American.
But there’s also no denying he offers Celtic an injection of pace and directness. With Scott Sinclair misfiring, the American would’ve been a great alternative to start or perhaps come on from the bench.
If Weah is selected for the US, it’s difficult to see how Celtic talk his country into letting him feature. He likely wouldn’t be able to play until their third and final group-stage game if he stayed in Glasgow for the final.
At that point, if the USA have a disastrous competition, they could already be knocked out. So why would they take the risk just so Celtic could keep him for the cup final?
The decision on Friday will reveal all. Hopefully, it will end in him being pushed up to the first team for the Gold Cup. But his appearances with the under-20s this season don’t bode well for the squad selection from a Celtic perspective.
It could mean that Weah’s last match with the Hoops is this Sunday’s match at Ibrox against Rangers. Weah admitted that he would love to play in the Scottish Cup final last month, but that could be meaningless in the end.