Celtic transfer news: Paris Saint-Germain striker Timothy Weah close to joining Scottish champions on loan

Celtic are understood to be close to signing Timothy Weah on loan.

The 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain whizz-kid used Instagram to confirm he will move elsewhere for the remainder of the season to gain more experience.

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He has not confirmed where he will go, but signed off the post with: “I will miss the stadium, and the energy that the fans bring to each match… I hope that after these 6 months, I will be able to come back to the Parc des Princes to give my all for you. I am proud to be Parisian.”

According to RMC Sport, French sides Amiens, Strasbourg, Rennes and Caen have all shown interest in the teenager, but Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has played a role in Weah’s final decision. Kolo Toure, who is now one of Rodgers’ assistants, also spoke with the player about joining the Scottish champions.

Weah, the son of former Milan and PSG striker George, was born in New York City in 2000 and joined the PSG youth academy in 2014, signing his first professional contract with the French club three years later. He made his first-team debut in a Ligue 1 match against Troyes in March and scored his first league goal in the 2018/19 season opener against Caen.

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Weah scored his first league goal for PSG earlier this season

“There are people that said I will not be as good as my father, that I am trash and asked why I am playing for the US,” he has previously said. In addition to a stellar playing career, which also brought him the 1995 Ballon d’Or, the elder Weah is now Liberia’s president.

“You know, that is just pushing me to be the star that my country has been looking for.

“My dream is eventually becoming the greatest talent to come out of the United States and New York, being a starter and playing for my country.

“I have done a lot to get here. I have faced a lot of people who said that I would always be in my father’s shadow. I just take that, and I use that as a boost, because, as much as I love my father, I am trying to make a name for myself.”

Speaking to Sports Illustrated in October, Weah also discussed how being exposed to the qualities of his team-mates on a daily basis has helped, though admitted to being a late bloomer in comparison to Kylian Mbappe.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “At training I see Neymar do crazy stuff. Mbappe, he’s closer to my age, so I relate more with him, and when I see him doing the stuff he does in training, it kind of pushes me to go out there and try hard and also be myself and show what I can do with the ball at my feet.

“You know, I’m getting there. I’m a late bloomer. It’s taking time. But I try to just take it day by day. I train hard. Even after training, I stay two hours behind and try to work on my passes and finishing. It’s getting there. And I can’t wait until I’m at my full potential and can show the world what I can do.”

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Weah has benefited from training with Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon and Kylian Mbappe

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