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  • Young Celts explain their loan goals

    Young Celts explain their loan goals

    By: Mark Henderson on 23 Jan, 2015 12:35

  • YOUNG Celts John Herron and Paul McMullan are aiming to accelerate their development by heading out on loan for the rest of the season.

    Versatile midfielder Herron has joined Championship outfit Cowdenbeath, while forward Paul McMullan has signed for League One side Stenhousemuir. Both deals will expire on June 10.

    Herron (20) has recently returned to fitness following a long lay-off, playing the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s victory over Villarreal in the English Premier League International Cup.

    And it was McMullan (18) who scored the only of the game against the Spanish side to seal the young Celts’ spot in the knockout stages of the prestigious competition. The conditions of his development loan allow him to represent the club in the remainder of the tournament.  

    Speaking to the official Celtic website, McMullan said: “I just want to get a bit of experience, play at a different level and see what it’s like to play the professional game.

    "Hopefully, I can do well for Stenhousemuir, catch the eye and become a better prospect.

    “I’m from Denny, so they are only five minutes away from me which means it’s quite handy, and obviously the division is very competitive. They are sitting mid-table at the moment so hopefully I can help push them up the league.

    “I worked with the manager there, Scott Booth, when he was my coach for Scotland U17s, so that made it a good fit as well.”

    Last season, Callum McGregor had a successful 12-month stay with League One side Notts County and that proved the springboard for a sensational start to the season in Paradise.

    And Herron – who has made two top-team appearances - told this week’s View the example of his team-mate was a major reason behind him taking a similar path at this stage in his career.

    “I’m coming to the age where I just want to go out there and prove myself,” he explained. “I don’t need to prove this to myself as I know what I am capable of. It’s about getting football and enjoying it.

    “I spoke to Callum McGregor, who went out on loan last year, and he said that’s the main thing – you go and play your football but first and foremost you enjoy it.

    “I’m not saying that I haven’t been enjoying it. Getting on the bench for the first-team is a great feeling and you want more of it, but then you get greedy, you want to play, start and do everything else.

    “In previous years, going out loan might have meant you weren’t really wanted, but now players are going out on loan with a view to coming back and playing, and I want to play games, come back and see where it takes me.

    “You go back to Callum. He wasn’t really near the first team, he wasn’t on the bench or anything – and I’m he wouldn’t mind me saying that – but he went out and made people realise that he was a good player.

    “He has come back and went into the team here, and that’s credit to Callum and what he did at Notts County.”

    “He went away, have a good account of himself and Celtic couldn’t let him go because of how well he did.

    “I have grown up with Callum my whole life, from U8s to now, and I always knew he was capable of playing here and he just proved to people that didn’t know he could do it. It was testament to him and that’s what I want to do.”

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