Hay hopeful of extended Weah deal

Davie Hay is hopeful that Timothy Weah could return to Celtic next season on an extended loan deal.

What’s the word?

The 18-year-old has made a huge impact since moving on loan from Paris Saint Germain, adapting quickly to his new team-mates and settling in easily off the park.

Patrick Roberts made a similar impact during his two-and-a-half years at Celtic, with Weah going a long way to replacing the former Manchester City kid in the thoughts of the Hoops support.

Hay, now a Celtic ambassador, has watched the way Weah has energised Brendan Rodgers’ side and the reaction of supporters to the teenage American who has the DNA of footballing royalty.

In the Evening Times, Hay explains:

“The youngster signed a new contract with PSG prior to boarding the plane for his loan move to Celtic so it is unlikely that there would be any chance of getting him on a permanent deal but I do wonder just what the scope might be for his extending his current loan period.

“Right now, he looks like such a good fit for Celtic – and Celtic looks like a good fit for him.

“At just 18, there is a lot of maturing still to do for Weah but I wonder about the prospect of having this exposure now, playing in front of a big crowd, responding and thriving under that pressure and enjoying some success and then thinking that he could have to go back to his parent club and not play in Paris.

“If that was to be the case you wouldn’t rule out something akin to what unfolded with Patrick Roberts.”

After agreeing an initial 18-month loan deal with Manchester City the success enjoyed under Rodgers resulted in Celtic getting Roberts on loan for another season.

A great combination

Loans can be very much hit or miss but all the evidence to date suggests that Weah and Celtic are a great combination.

Getting a player into a similar environment to his parent club and gaining regular game time is a rarity but after a month it looks like this deal is benefiting both clubs and the player.

It is still early days but some signs do point to extending the Weah deal. He won’t get near the PSG team next season and is unlikely to find another loan move offering the sort of tests, demands and exposure that he is getting at Celtic working with Rodgers.