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  • Timo Weah: Helping Bhoys to another win feels incredible

    Timo Weah: Helping Bhoys to another win feels incredible

    By: Tony Connelly on 03 Feb, 2019 15:35

  • TIMOTHY Weah described his contribution to Celtic’s win against St Johnstone as an ‘incredible feeling’ and admitted the experience would be important for him during the rest of the season.

    Celtic continued their excellent start to 2019 with a 2-0 win over the Saints in Perth. It was the second time inside four days that the Hoops had defeated Tommy Wright’s side 2-0 in the league, and the win puts the Scottish champions six points clear at the top of the table.

    The victory did not come easy, however. St Johnstone proved difficult to break down at times and, when Celtic did find a way past them, goalkeeper Zander Clark pulled off some excellent saves.

    Weah came on as a substitute in the second half for the injured Odsonne Edouard, and the young American proved crucial in helping Celtic find the goals they so thoroughly deserved. With 13 minutes left in the game the 18-year-old assisted James Forrest for the first before going on to score the second in the dying minutes.

    “It’s an incredible feeling coming into a difficult game and scoring,” Weah said when addressing the media after the game. “The most important was the assist for me because it was my first assist of the season.

    "To get it at that time was amazing and to see the joy on James’ face was special. It was a huge relief and the celebration with the fans just topped it off.

    “At such a young age, coming in and having a game like that is always good for your confidence. All credit to the team because they played 100 per cent throughout the whole match. Some calls didn’t really go our way. We had a tough time getting the first goal and it was a relief when it finally came.

    “I’m so proud of James for getting on the end of the cross and I want to thank the coaching staff having the confidence in me to bring me on.”

    Weah has now scored three goals in his five appearances for Celtic, all of which have come as a substitute. The 18-year-old admitted he is delighted to help the team in any way he can and said the experience of helping to impact games is one he values.

    “Whatever time the coach gives me I’m happy with," he said. "I’ll try to make use of my time, no matter if it’s coming off the bench for 10 or 15 minutes or for a whole game. I just want to help the team, that’s the most important thing.

    “It’s all about experience. Coming into a game late on with things tight and the other team playing well isn’t easy. The coach expects something of you in those situations, no matter what age you are - age is just a number.

    "I feel like I’m really happy to come in and effect the game. Overall, it was a team effort and it was good to get that experience because now going into other games you know what you have to do.”

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