Celtic player ‘surprised’ after being told to leave

Celtic academy graduate Jack Breslin has spoken of his surprise when he was told in early May that he would be released from his contract at the Scottish club.

The 19-year-old said he had been promised a two-year deal to stay at Celtic Park, but was then told in the meeting he had no future.

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He told the Scottish Sun:

“Celtic told me at the start of May that I was to be let go, in a one-to-one meeting with Chris McCart. It came as a real surprise because I’d been told I was getting two more years and I’d been planning for next season accordingly. I’d have taken the new contract and worked hard to impress, but I’m trying to see the positives.

“I wouldn’t have got an opportunity there and I’ve seen boys maybe hang around too long without playing for the first team. When Celtic released me they said they’d help me find another club. I haven’t heard from them, although they did say I could keep training at Lennoxtown.”

Breslin captained a Scotland U-19 side earlier this season that included Celtic left back Kieran Tierney, but while the 18-year-old became the Scottish Young Player of the Year and was rewarded with a new five-year contract by new manager Brendan Rodgers, Breslin is now on the lookout for another club.

The defender has 42 caps for Scotland at various youth levels, and is now training at Hamilton Academical to keep up his fitness while also hoping to impress the management and be given another chance in professional football.