Recently released Celtic youngster Calvin Miller signs for Harrogate Town; bags immediate assist

By David Walton

October 4, 2020

Former Celtic youngster Calvin Miller yesterday penned a deal with Harrogate Town, before managing to bag an assist on his debut that very same day.

The Hoops released Miller back in May after he had been with the club since he was 12. The left-back, who can also play in an advanced position, made his debut under Brendan Rodgers back in 2016.

It’s been something of a hectic summer for him since. An extensive trial with Plymouth Argyle led to him impressing but failing to bag a contract (Plymouth Herald). He was also reportedly close to joining Ligue 2 side Amiens (Daily Record).

Calvin Miller during his Celtic days (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Miller has finally found a home with English League Two side Harrogate. And, despite losing 2-1 to Bolton on his debut, the left-back managed to bag an assist in an impressive all-round performance.

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Stat-tracking website WhoScored gave Miller an overall rating of 7.17 out of 10. Impressively, that was the second-highest of anyone in the Harrogate team.

A debut to be pleased with

Playing at left-mid as opposed to a more defensive role, Miller managed 26 touches and a passing accuracy of 75%. Considering he only played 68 minutes, it’s fair to say he made his mark.

But that won’t surprise many who watched Miller during his time at Parkhead. His last game for the club may have came nearly two years ago, but he never really looked out of place in any of his five Celtic appearances.

League One side Plymouth were also still open to offering Miller a deal, but simply couldn’t guarantee him game-time. Speaking to the Plymouth Herald last month, manager Ryan Lowe said: “We were looking to do something with Calvin but, to be fair to the kid, he wants to play. I couldn’t guarantee him number one.”

Calvin Miller battles away with Harrogate Town (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Miller opened up on his Celtic release over the summer, and admitted he could come back to Parkhead one day. As quoted by the Daily Record back in July, he said: “Who knows? I could end up going back there. Other players have left and managed to kick-start their careers and that is all I’m focusing on.

The left-sided 22-year-old may be a long way from that return at the moment, but it’s great to see him back playing competitive football again. We at 67HailHail wish Calvin all the best down south.

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