Timothy Weah’s premature departure from Celtic certainly came as a surprise to most Hoops fans.
The USA international sent out a message to Celtic fans on Instagram late last week. In it, he said that Neil Lennon had told him that he didn’t think it was in the best interests of the club for him to stay around. As Weah put it, he was told to “collect my things and go home”.
A report from the Daily Record claimed that Weah wanted to miss the Scottish Cup final and stay with the national side. That apparently came after Celtic and the USA came up with a compromise that could see Weah feature in the cup final.
But looking at Weah’s comments just days before leaving, he didn’t seem uncommitted. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 41, Page 19), the striker said the following on his future at Celtic.
“I feel blessed to have had this opportunity to come here. Every opportunity I get I try to make use of it. It’s been great so far and, hopefully, I can stack up some more starts and goals before the end of the season.
“I feel blessed”
“Hopefully in training I can show the manager that I can start in the remaining games. We have Rangers and two games against Hearts. They’re all huge games and I want to be a part of them, hopefully get some goals and a first goal against Rangers.
“Whatever I get, I’ll be happy. The boys have been amazing, we’ve done well so far and we’re focused on finishing the season strong. The atmosphere inside Celtic Park is amazing, so I know it’s going to be special in the last game. The fans have stuck with us through thick and thin, so it’s going to be great having the chance to celebrate with them on the final day of the season.”
Weah simply must’ve known
This doesn’t sound like a player who lacked any form of commitment for the final few games. After all, he would’ve known about the date clash, and will have known about when the cup final was.
Therefore, it’s extremely odd that this story regarding Weah has come out about a lack of commitment. If that was the case, you wouldn’t expect him to be so full-on in his determination to keep playing for Celtic.
Perhaps it was indeed a slip of the mind, but that just doesn’t sit well.
Fortunately, Weah has said that he would be open to a Parkhead return in the future. And given his enthusiasm for the club, that doesn’t really come across as much of a surprise.
Hopefully, the new manager, whoever it may be, takes a gamble on Weah and brings him back to Parkhead. The ending to his Celtic career isn’t satisfying, and he deserves the chance to make more history with us.
And, most importantly, the supporters deserve the chance to see more of him too.