Report: Tim Williamson to stay at Celtic and snub Manchester United

By David Walton

December 22, 2019

Celtic physio Tim Williamson has reportedly decided to stay at Celtic and reject the idea of moving to Manchester United.

According to the Scottish Sun, Williamson has grown frustrated at how long it’s taken to get a deal done. He was apparently supposed to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revamped medical team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apparently wanted Tim Williamson as part of his medical team (John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Sun states that United were supposed to get in touch with Williamson on a certain date to discuss his move. When that didn’t happen, that’s apparently when the Celtic man pulled the plug.

The initial interest in the Hoops physio came back in October when the Daily Mail reported that he had interviewed for the role successfully.

United’s loss is Celtic’s gain

Williamson was reportedly needed to help with the soft tissue injuries that United were racking up. Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, and Marcus Rashford were only a few big names to have been sidelined with them earlier on this season.

Celtic’s physio is currently in his second spell at Parkhead. His previous experience includes roles at Spurs, Leeds United, and Birmingham City respectively.

Neil Lennon will be delighted to see Williamson stay at the club (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon and Williamson are clearly close also. He returned to Celtic back in 2010 when Lennon first got the manager gig. He’s been at the club since, working under Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers.

It’s clear he’s a vital part of Lennon’s backroom team as the current Head of Physiotherapy. This can only be news for Celtic that he’s staying.

Williamson looks like staying put at Celtic Park (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Although it opens up an interesting question over what even happened with the United call. You would’ve imagined a club the size of the English giants would be a tad more organised in their dealings. Williamson is spot on to be furious at not getting a call back here.

Hopefully, this is the end of the issue in any case. It wouldn’t be ideal if United still ended up getting back in touch and nabbed him away from Parkhead. Williamson fills such a key role at Celtic Park, and replacing him wouldn’t be easy.