Timothy Weah could have been on Champions League duty at Old Trafford on Tuesday night rather than watching the action on telly.
At the start of January, Paris Saint Germain agreed to let their young striker move on loan to Celtic rather than kick his heels on the sidelines behind their celebrated strike force.
But PSG boss Thomas Tuchel will now have to pick a side to face Manchester United without Neymar and Edison Cavani – both of whom have suffered injuries since Weah’s departure. Kylian Mbappe will be the only member of PSG’s famous strike force on duty.
Weah made one scoring appearance for PSG at the start of the season, replacing Neymar and netting in the 3-0 home win over Caen. But as the big guns returned to full fitness after the World Cup, Weah slipped down the pecking order – prompting his move to Celtic.
PSG still have options but the situation has markedly changed over the last few weeks and had he stayed in Paris, there’s a chance Weah could have been involved in some form against the Red Devils – an opportunity to put his name in lights on club football’s ultimate stage.
Since moving to Celtic, Weah has started two matches and made five substitute appearances, scoring three goals.