Footballing heroes urged Timothy Weah to go to Celtic

By David Walton

January 9, 2019

Timothy Weah has spoken about the footballing heroes who told him that Celtic was the right place to go.

The USA international is at Parkhead for the next six months as he looks to get some game-time.

His signing has been praised by the Hoops supporters. Many are excited to see what he brings to the plate this season.

And it appears that Weah has had plenty of top-level backing for his move to Scotland too. Jumping out of his father’s shadow is likely to be a priority of his throughout his career, but George Weah still gave him his seal of approval for the switch from PSG to Celtic.

George Weah said he believed in Brendan Rodgers (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

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Then there are the likes of Thomas Meunier and Dani Alves who encouraged him to move to Glasgow too. Speaking in the Scotsman, Weah Jr revealed the heavy backing he got from some of football’s biggest names.

“I spoke to him (Weah Sr) about coming to Scotland a few weeks ago when we were discussing the terms of the deal. He said it was a good decision. He believes in Brendan Rodgers

“I didn’t go to him and speak to him one-on-one about coming to Celtic (Neymar). But I kinda spoke to other team-mates like Thomas and Dani. They said it’s good to go out and get experience and they felt Celtic was the best club because you’re getting that.

“It’s all in the package: great team, great supporters, great stadium, great coaching staff, so it’s a great place to come and learn.”

The club still has a fine reputation

It’s clear that Celtic are still a highly-respected club around the footballing world. Despite the club’s recent struggles in the Champions League, the Hoops are still a household name in football.

The likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both wished Weah well on his social media profiles too. When it comes to backing for the move, the USA striker certainly has plenty of world-class observers.

Brazilian legend Dani Alves was all for Weah’s Celtic move (Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

It’s interesting to hear that the likes of Meunier and Alves felt Celtic was the “best” place to go. It shows just how much respect the club has around the footballing world, with Weah surely not short of offers.

Celtic, however, will just be hoping that the 18-year-old lives up to the hype in his short spell here. The striker has never played in Britain before, meaning the aggression of the game will be new to him.

But with the kind of calibre of player patting his back regarding his move here, you’d be surprised if he wasn’t a massive hit.