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  • Thomson relishing Doonhamers loan move

    Thomson relishing Doonhamers loan move

    By: Mark Henderson on 05 Jan, 2017 09:52

  • JOE Thomson believes joining a full-time team on loan is a vital next step in his progression after his temporary move to Queen of the South was confirmed this afternoon.

    The young Celt had enjoyed a profitable spell at Dumbarton in the first half of the season, making 17 starts for the Sons, with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 win over Dundee United on New Year’s Eve.

    He had impressed in the Championship with his dynamic midfield displays which led to the Dumfries club, managed by former Scotland internationalist Gary Naysmith, swooping for his services for the remainder of the campaign.

    The 19-year-old, who made his Hoops top-team bow in September 2015 and penned a new two-year contract with the club last summer, will now be targeting more regular involvement with the Doonhamers to boost his bid to break into Brendan Rodgers’ side on his return.

    Speaking to the official website, Thomson said:  “It’s obviously the next progression for me. I had a part-time loan with Dumbarton and I loved my time there but Queen of the South were interested and they are full-time so it was a progression I wanted to take at this stage in my career.

    “I had spoken to Chris McCart and he said that it would be better if I got a full-time team and I obviously I've done that. I've played against Queens twice this season and they have good players so I am looking forward to the rest of this season and we will see what happens.

    “Gary Naysmith has been brilliant. Everything we've done has been really high-intensity but it’s been football-based which is obviously more enjoyable for players. It’s all been small-sided games, positional and then finishing with bigger games. It’s been great."

    Thomson could make his debut for Queens on Saturday when they square up to bottom side St Mirren in Paisley.

    “Obviously it’s a big game with Queen of the South not having won in a while," he said.

    "St Mirren may be bottom of the league but they are still a good team. I've played them twice this season and I don’t know how they haven't picked up more points as they have good players and a good team so they must just have been unfortunate. It’s a massive game.”  

    You can read the full exclusive interview with the young midfielder about his loan move to Queen of the South only in next week's Celtic View, out January 11.

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