Timothy Weah's attitude is going to make him a Celtic hero

By David Walton

January 20, 2019

Timothy Weah, or Timo as he apparently wants to be called, marked his Celtic debut with a lovely goal against Airdrieonians.

Excitement levels had hardly gone down a notch after he was substituted on, before he was sliding a cool finish under David Hutton. It was a brilliant moment, and not just because the obvious Rangers-supporting goalkeeper Airdrie had looked foolish again.

But it once again shot the expectation levels through the roof for Weah. It was a finish full of confidence, and he showed terrific speed to get beyond the Airdrie defence. Nothing fancy either, just a stab at goal as soon as he collected the ball. No need to go around the goalkeeper.

Timothy Weah is a man clearly thankful for all he’s been given (Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

But not only was it the goal that suggested this kid has something big about him. It was also his attitude post-match. There was no arrogance, no guarantees, and no bigging it up. Instead, the humble Hoops forward couldn’t help but be thankful.

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“It’s an amazing welcome, and as you can see with my celebration, I already love the club, and I feel honoured and blessed to even have this opportunity.

“Getting it (the goal) on my debut, I’ve never done that before and that’s a blessing. I now need to focus on the next game and try to get another one, or an assist for my team, and work hard for the win.

“It’s now time for me to get back to training, continue to work on my finishing, and continue to work on gelling with the boys, even better than we have now, and just listening to all the info the gaffer’s given me, and paying attention to all the guys in training.”

Confident. Humble. Thankful.

Those are the three words that perfectly sum up Weah’s attitude to his footballing life – particularly his spell at Celtic so far. Even after just one game, he’s thankful for all he’s been given so far at Parkhead.

His humble nature is also clearly expressed on the pitch too. There’s no bad form of arrogance or greediness to his game. He came so close to setting up both Filip Benkovic and Oliver Burke with some dangerous crosses. Early impressions clearly show that he’s a team player.

Weah already looks like he’s going to be a star at Celtic (Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Too often in the past have Celtic had some real greedy forwards. And not in a good way either.

Weah seems to be cut from a different cloth. He has all the talent in the world, but doesn’t let anyone know about it in his interviews. Instead he puts it all down to being blessed, and his humble nature will resonate well with supporters.

He’s off to a flyer, and certainly isn’t getting carried away. If his attitude continues to match the cameo performance level he showed yesterday, Celtic have their next big hero on their hands – even if it’s only for a few months.