The deal taking Timothy Weah to Lille has been officially announced by the Ligue 1 club.
The French outfit announced the deal via their official social media account. Lille have stated that Weah has signed a five-year contract to stay in France. L’Equipe, meanwhile, has reported that the deal is worth between €9m and €10m.
It also comes after an initial six-month loan spell at Celtic where he made an impression on the supporters. Weah made a total of 16 appearances at Parkhead, but also only managed four starts and four goals in that period.
Welcome Timothy Weah!@LOSC_EN have reached an agreement with @PSG_English for the services of the #USMNT international forward, who arrives at the @StadePM on a five-year deal! pic.twitter.com/U5UA5kSb8I
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) June 29, 2019
Weah departed the club unceremoniously back in April too. He stated on Instagram that manager Neil Lennon had told him to pack his things and go. Since then it appears that Weah has deleted his past photos from that period. This all came amid a saga that involved Weah not making himself available for the Scottish Cup final.
Celtic hadn’t been linked with a move for the USA international this summer. That’s what might be the most frustrating aspect for the supporters that liked him. Weah spoke before the end of the season about how he was open to moving to Parkhead once again this summer (The Scotsman). But now, that’s down the drain after the move to Lille was finalised yesterday.
Weah to Lille is hopefully no big deal
Celtic, as it stands, currently have three strikers at the helm already. That’s Weah’s strongest position, and whilst he is a fine young talent, we hopefully won’t regret not going for him in the coming months.
Already this pre-season, Leigh Griffiths has fired home two goals in two games whilst Vakoun Issouf Bayo has bagged a winner too. Odsonne Edouard is also building up his own fitness levels. We have plenty of firepower as it stands, and Weah not joining shouldn’t be the blow it could’ve been.
Of course, you could flip the coin and say it’s disappointing that Celtic never pursued such an exciting young talent. But if the fee that L’Equipe has reported is correct, then that’s a lot of money. Celtic do have it, but would they have needed to spend it on Weah given how we are in his favoured positions?
He can also play as a left-winger, but we now have Daniel Arzani back. We need to start seeing the best of him, and that’s another reason Celtic could easily have been put off any big fee for Weah.
In any case, good luck to the USA internationalist. He always showed a positive attitude during his time at Celtic, and helped inject a freshness when we were in desperate need of some between January and March in particular.
If he performs well at Lille, he’ll have outgrown coming to us due to the fee he would then command. It’s unlikely we’ll see him at Celtic again, but no doubt many Hoops fans will be wishing him all the best regardless.