CELTIC have returned to Paris to shop for one of the two new strikers that Brendan Rodgers is looking for when the transfer window opens next week.
While there have been various names from the English Premier League banded about over the weekend, it looks increasingly likely that Celtic’s interest is focused across the channel and in the French capital.
Celtic signed Odsonne Edouard on a try before you buy deal and that worked out well for all concerned. The player is loving his role as the main striker at Celtic – he is back for the Boxing Day trip to Pittodrie – and Celtic eventually shelled out £10million to make Edouard the club’s record signing.
The deal benefited the mega-wealthy Parisian club too as it assisted them in meeting their Financial Fair Play targets with UEFA, well as far as that one goes anyway.
Peter Lawwell struck up a decent relationship with Manchester City in recent years and that has seem the likes of Dedryck Boyata signing for the club and Paddy Roberts, Jason Denayer and John Guidetti coming in as loan players.
Now a similar situation could be emerging between Celtic and PSG and the player that could be heading to Paradise, if the deal can be agreed, is Timothy Weah.
Timonthy, the son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George, announced his arrival at PSG by scoring in the 4-0 win over Monaco in the Trophee des Champions match. He then came off the bench in the opening league match of the season against Caen to find the back of the net as the French Champions rested both Mbappe and Neymar after their World Cup exertions.
However Weah soon dropped out of the picture as the big stars all returned and he’s been on the edge of things ever since. And when Eric Choupo-Moting arrived as yet another striker just before the summer window closed, the chances of Weah getting much first team actions decreased further.
Weah, who represents the USA at International level, has actually made more starts for them that PSG with 5 international outings so far this campaign.
Weah has been playing for the PSG B team, with some of these games being played on what is effectively public parks. Speaking back in September, Weah discussed his decision to opt for the French Champions and credits his mother’s influence.
“My mom, she thought I am still really young and tender. There’s still some stuff to work on.
“She thought if I did go to a lower team in the same league, there would be so many expectations to carry that team or potentially fight for a league winning spot. I don’t feel that I’m ready for that.
“I’m always ready for a challenge but right now I feel like training with PSG, training with Neymar, Thiago Silva and getting better each day – I feel like that’s the way to go. That’s the choice we made.”
More recently the 18 year old Weah had this to say:
“Right now, I’m not playing but I’m always looking for progress, to do more, watching others and learning from them.
“I’m waiting for my chance, but I hope I can go on loan soon.”
That could be the back story to an exciting loan move to Paradise…