Young American star Timothy Weah has sealed a loan move to Scottish side Celtic from PSG for the rest of the season while also extending his contract into 2021 with the French side. Weah, 18, joins Brendan Rodgers men after failing to secure a spot in Paris Saint Germain’s squad of 18 for consecutive months now. The son of former Ballon d’Or winner George Weah looked set for a breakout season with the French side but the arrival of Eric Maxim Chupto-Moting from Stoke City and surge of 19 year old Moussa Diaby pushed the teenager to PSG’s reserve side.
It did look very promising for the American, who at the end of last season made a few late substitute cameos and started the very last game of the 2017-18 Ligue 1 season. The preseason of this year looked even more promising, starting almost every preseason fixture and netting against Bayern Munich and Monaco as the Paris side claimed the French Super Cup. Making a substitute appearance in the first game of this Ligue 1 season, he scored his first senior league goal for PSG, earning himself a start over star man Kylian Mbappe. He was hauled off at halftime and from then on its been a sour ride for the 18 year old.
Confident of his ability to make an impact this season, Weah turned down the opportunity to go out on loan in the summer but has now caved into the inevitable, signing for Celtic until the end of the Scottish league season.
Having penned the contract extension that will take him out of his teenage years, Weah should feel some pressure off his shoulders as he still feels valued by manager Thomas Tuchel. In Celtic, Weah joins a hugely successful club that are facing heavy competition from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers this team in the Scottish Premiership. To temporarily replace the void left by Moussa Dembele’s move to Lyon, Rodgers has found another young and pacy front man to take his place for the rest of the season.
Will Weah be a revelation for the Scottish side and bang in goals left and right? Maybe… but probably not. That is not the most important worry for Weah’s career at the moment. As a player stuck in the reserves for PSG but practicing for the first team, he is getting exposure day in and day out with world class players but cannot quite get that first team breakthrough in matches. Through Celtic, Weah can hopefully get consistent game time and experience to feel valued by a club based on current performances and not for youth and future development.
If Weah can consistently start for Celtic in the Premiership and chip in a few goals here and there… call it a success and the teenager will come back to Paris a happy man with something to prove.
Written by: Andrew Diefenderfer