Celtic's Weah might not understand derby says Sarachan

By Connor Gordon

March 28, 2019

Celtic forward Timothy Weah might not understand what the derby means according to his old coach.

Dave Sarachan gave this shocking verdict a few days from Sunday’s crunch clash between Glasgow’s two.

However, his former national boss believes the young American can thrive on these occasions.

This said, he must put in one of the performances of the year if he gets the chance.

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The 64-year-old gave young Weah his first national appearance during his short tenure as caretaker boss.

Weah plays for both under 23 and full mens national teams. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The on-loan PSG attacker is still a mainstay in the USA national team, showing he is highly thought of.

However, ahead of Sunday’s match, Sarachan made a surprise comment or two about his former wonderkid.

He told the Daily Record: “I think he understands what it means to play at the next level when it comes to the national team and it seems to have translated with his club.

“This weekend will be a good example. He might be too young to even understand what that game really means but I think his starting points are good.”

PSG are a team without a big important city derby. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

This will be the first proper derby he will be available for with PSG not having another massive team in the city.

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All this said, the chances of the 19-year-old starting the match are very slim.

The Hoops have a settled forward line and Weah currently isn’t a part of that but the team still need him.

He has shown to be much more effective coming off the bench and grabbing games by the scruff of the neck.

American must control his emotions if he plays on Sunday. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The way the contest goes at the weekend, the American may be introduced to add a bit more firepower in attack.

Having joined in January, he narrowly missed the last derby defeat and is yet to play a game of this magnitude.

As long as he manages to continue his mature and calm persona on the pitch, he will have no problem.