East Fife have reportedly cut Celtic youngster Daniel Church’s loan spell short.

Church was originally supposed to be with the League One club until the end of the season (Scottish Sun).

After making 14 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt), however, they’ve apparently decided to cut ties in January as opposed to the end of the campaign.

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That’s according to Fife Today, who say that manager Darren Young has informed them of the development.

Church wasn’t part of the East Fife squad for their 2-1 defeat at Clyde on Saturday.

That was the first time this season that he hadn’t managed to make the matchday squad (Transfermarkt). Now it seems obvious as to why.

Outside Celtic Park (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

East Fife didn’t put anything on their official website about the news. However, Young told Fife Today that he was looking to strengthen at the back.

Church spoke to Fife Today back in October about how much he was enjoying life with the League One side too. He leaves with the club sitting fourth in the division.

 

Church likely has to settle for development football

It’s a blow to see Church return so soon. Ideally, he would be spending the full campaign playing senior football as opposed to playing youth games.

Celtic have had to keep Ewan Henderson at Parkhead due to the fact he’s now played for two clubs this season.

Church doesn’t have that same problem as he hasn’t featured for Celtic.

The fact Henderson had played in a Champions League qualifier in pre-season has effectively held him back. Church can still move on.

However, time is also clearly running out in the transfer window for any proposed move. Church only has four days to find one, and with his lack of experience in senior football, it could be tricky to find willing takers who play at an acceptable level.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Several years ago, Church was linked with a move to Manchester United (ESPN). However, back in September 2018, the left-back committed his future to Parkhead in a deal that will run until the summer of 2021.

Therefore it’s going to be a big 18 months for the youngster. If he wants to save his Celtic career, he could do with playing as much senior football as possible.

Reasons for his East Fife departure haven’t been revealed. But it’s a bit of an odd one. We can only hope he finds another new move before the window closes.

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