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  • Academy confirm young players to exit Paradise

    Academy confirm young players to exit Paradise

    By: Mark Henderson on 15 May, 2014 13:37

  • CHRIS McCart admitted it was a difficult decision to allow a batch of players from Celtic’s Youth Academy leave the club this summer.

    Patrik Twardzik, Michael Miller, Lewis Kidd, Paddy McNally, Jack Kirwan, Sean McIntosh, Steven Boyd, Aaron Comrie and Connor McLaren will exit Paradise once their contracts expire.

    The youngsters were part of the Development Squad and the Under-17s, helping both teams achieve significant success over the past 12 months.

    However, Celtic’s Head of Youth told the official Celtic website that letting them depart for fresh pastures was in the long-term interests of the players and club.

    “We have let all the players know who is getting let go,” he said. “From our Development Squad we had to make some tough decisions as we had some fantastic players there and their contribution was excellent.

    “We have let go Patrik Twardzik, whose contract will expire on June 30, along with Michael Miller, Paddy McNally and Lewis Kidd.

    “From the younger age group, Jack Kirwan, Sean McIntosh, Steven Boyd, Araon Comire and Connor McLaren will also go.

    “Every club has to deal with this and it’s not unique to Celtic – you bring new players on and you have to let certain players go.

     “These players are of an excellent standard, and some are current internationalists, but we have to leave space for the younger ones coming through and keep that pathway free.

    “We also want to be true to these players as well, instead of keeping them on. We don’t want to keep them on to win an U20 title or Youth Cup.

    “For their own development, we want to make sure they get an opportunity to go and play first-team football elsewhere.

    “Hopefully they have enjoyed the experience and benefited from their time at Celtic and we wish them well.” 

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