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  • Joe Thomson commits future to Celtic

    Joe Thomson commits future to Celtic

    By: Martin Dalziel in Slovenia on 29 Jun, 2016 17:03

  • CELTIC is delighted to announce that Joe Thomson has signed a two year contract with the club, keeping him at the Scottish champions until 2018.

    The young Hoops midfielder made his competitive debut last season in the second-half of a 3-1 victory over Dundee United at Tannadice and had previously featured for the first-team in a string of friendlies over the course of the past two seasons.

    The 19-year-old is highly rated by the club and was a key part of the Development Squad that finished the SPFL Development League as undefeated title-winners last season.

    Thomson started pre-season this year training with Brendan Rodgers’ first-team at Lennoxtown and told the official Celtic website in an exclusive interview that he was delighted to commit his immediate future to the Bhoys.

    “I was pleased to get offered the deal and I have to now keep my feet on the ground, keep focused and not get ahead of myself then just show people why I’ve been offered the deal and then kick-on,” he said.

    “First and foremost I need to try to get the manager’s eye in training and take it from there. It remains to be seen if I need to go on loan or not to do that but I’ll just give 100 per cent in every session and game.

    “I’ve trained with the first-team a couple of times before they went away for pre-season and the training seems very good. It’s a high intensity and everyone is working hard.

    “Although I only played 15 minutes on my debut last season I learned a lot from it. It was a lot quicker than it was at Under-20s and even in the pre-season friendlies it was still a lot faster and a jump up but that’s one I want and need to make if I want to get anywhere myself.”

    Thomson is the latest Academy graduate to pledge his future to the club and he added that he is hopeful Brendan Rodgers’ background in youth football will continue to see players like him be given the chance to shine at first-team level.

    “The manager started out as a youth coach and worked his way up so he’s someone who knows what it’s like to work with younger players and he’ll give all of us good advice, feedback and tell us what we need to make it.

    “Hopefully he’ll give myself and a few other lads a chance.

    “I’m very thankful to Ronny Deila for giving me the chance to make not only my competitive debut but for giving me a chance in the pre-season friendlies but there is a new manager now and it's a new start so I have to do well to try to impress him.

    “I just need to progress as a player and if I can work on the aspects that I know I need to improve on then hopefully I can make a real push. If not, maybe I need to go out and play some form of first-team football but that’s hopefully going to be here.”

    Meanwhile, Celtic winger Michael Duffy has agreed a season-long loan deal to Dundee in the SPFL Premiership.

    The Irishman joined the Bhoys in February 2015 and spent last year on loan at Alloa where he impressed in the Championship, scoring three goals in 38 appearances.

    The attacker will go straight into Paul Hartley’s squad for Dundee’s pre-season friendly with Duffy’s former side Alloa on Friday night.

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