Celtic striker Timothy Weah has been away with the USA under-23s over the past week, and has had a fair bit of game-time too.
The PSG-owned star firstly featured for 45 minutes in their first mtch against Egypt in Spain. They fell to a 2-0 defeat.
But, on Sunday, Weah followed it up with an 87-minute performance against the Netherlands in a goalless draw in Spain too. The matches were both friendly encounters, but it’s good to see Weah get some games under his belt.
Added to that, he apparently looked dangerous according to the official US Soccer website. There isn’t much detail on the clash itself and whether Weah had any genuine goalscoring opportunities. It also looks as though he may have featured down the right flank too.
Positive to see Weah is still sharp
It’s reassuring for supporters to know that Weah is still looking sharp when given game-time. He’s had more minutes on the pitch over the past week than he has had in Neil Lennon’s full month in charge of Celtic.
It’s fair to say that many Celtic supporters would like to see more of him. He had a startling start to his Parkhead career with three goals in his opening five games. He’s yet to score since early February, however, and Celtic have since only started him in one game.
Weah is a player with bags of potential. We won’t ever see the finished article at Celtic, but he provides something different at this stage of his development.
He’ll clearly be ready if given the nod against Rangers, but he likely won’t be given the chance. Lennon has only ever featured him as a second-half substitute. Often, that comes in the final 15 minutes or so too.
At the moment, this is a loan deal that’s falling flat on its face, and simply because Celtic don’t play him. Weah has plenty to offer with his pace and movement between now and the end of the season.
Even in the 1-0 win over Dundee two weeks ago, Weah injected energy and life into Celtic on the counter. That was despite coming on with just 12 minutes to go.
Hopefully we continue to see a rise in Weah’s game-time between now and the end of the season. But, truth be told, that doesn’t seem likely.