Timothy Tim Timo Weah becomes an international star or not is one thing, but he’s quickly proving rather adept for the Scottish Premiership.
On loan from Paris Saint-Germain and tipped by none other than Neymar for a monster half-season, Weah came off the bench to inspire Celtic’s 2-0 win at St. Johnstone with a goal and an assist on Sunday.
Weah, 18, subbed into a scoreless match with 16 minutes to play, and produced the result with an assist and then a goal. Celtic is six points clear of Rangers atop the table. The next Old Firm Derby isn’t until March 31 at Celtic Park.
The American attacker now has three goals and an assist in five appearances for Celtic, who is the best team in the Scottish Premiership has won those matches by a combined score of 14-0. And, notably, the league is somewhere between the Eredivisie and MLS in quality.
So there’s plenty of proving ground left for Weah. But so far, so great.
And remember: He has two goals in four senior appearances for PSG, plus a goal in eight caps for the #USMNT.
Video below the reaction of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
Saturday was a Scottish Cup day, and two Americans had memorable debuts in their new homes.
Tim Weah and Ian Harkes came off the bench for Celtic and Dundee United, respectively, in victories over lower league sides.
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Harkes did it in stoppage time to cap off United’s 4-0 win at Scottish League One side Montrose.
A 70th minute sub, Harkes scored in the fourth minute of stoppage when he finished across goal from the outside of the six.
Weah needed less time. The 18-year-old ran onto a through ball from Dedryck Boyata and poked it home 14 minutes after arriving on the scene against visiting Airdrieonians, also of Scottish League One.
Calm finish from the Paris Saint-Germain loanee.
Even with the caveat that they are teammates, Neymar has issued some strong words in support of new Celtic loanee Timothy Weah.
“He has everything to go and be one of the top attacking players in Europe,” Neymar said.
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The American teenager couldn’t quite break into the PSG strike corps, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Edinson Cavani chewing up minutes and the precious few remaining sprinkled between 19-year-old Moussa Diaby (2G-5A in 536 minutes) and 21-year-old Christopher Nkunku (1G-1A in 487 minutes, mostly in midfield).
There’s zero shame in that, and Neymar is tipping Weah to not just play well in Glasgow, but to star for the Scottish leaders. From The Scottish Daily Record:
“He has the talent, we know that, but also he has a great attitude. From the first day I have met him he has wanted to learn off the players who have already won the major trophies, from the players who have already achieved big things in the game.
“He is a fun guy to be around – but also he is very humble and that is what you want to see from a young player. It’s what a coach wants to see because it means they want to learn.”
Neymar went on to say Weah has the same demeanor the Brazilian possessed as a 18-year-old.
Weah has a goal in eight caps for the USMNT, and two goals in six senior appearances for PSG.
Might Jermain Defoe and Tim Weah define the Scottish Premiership title fight?
Okay, okay, maybe that’s a bit rich, but Celtic and Rangers have both added exciting new loan strikers this week.
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Rangers announced a 18-month loan deal with Bournemouth’s Defoe on Sunday, and Celtic confirmed their capture of Paris Saint-Germain and USMNT youngster Tim Weah on Monday.
Weah turns 19 on Feb. 22, and has two goals in six appearances for PSG but is stuck behind Edinson Cavani, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe on the depth chart. He’s eight-times capped with one goal for the United States.
Here’s what Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had to say about his new forward:
“Timothy’s a young talent who is full international player. He has a long career ahead of him but he has those natural attributes in terms of his pace and technique. He’s hungry too. …
“He has really good qualities technically, and tactically is always improving his game. Physically he’s very good, very fast and is a strong player. He’ll add competition to the squad.”
Celtic is also taking Oliver Burke on loan from West Brom in its bid to win its eighth-straight Scottish top-flight title, and 50th all-time.
As the Old Firm rages this morning, Rangers and Celtic are in the news with some very American subjects.
Celtic’s links with Paris Saint-Germain and USMNT youngster Timothy Weah are quite real.
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Weah opted to stay at PSG for the first half of the season under new manager Thomas Tuchel, but has not been in the squad since scoring two goals in three appearances to open the season.
Such is the problem for forwards at the Parc des Princes.
Brendan Rodgers gave a lowdown on the 18-year-old’s recent visit to Scotland ahead of a possible loan for the rest of the season. From Sky Sports:
“He had a great day here. We have good relations with PSG, so he came over. He sent me a lovely message afterwards, thanking everyone and saying he enjoyed it, so we will see.
“PSG clearly want him to go on loan to get experience. He is a good kid, a great boy and a great profile in terms of his game.”
Weah would have a chance to toughen up in the contact-heavy Scottish Premiership, and could just find himself staring across the Old Firm Derby field at a couple of fellow Americans in Andrew Gutman and Matt Polster.
The Scottish Daily Record reported Saturday that Rangers have offered deals to the Chicago Fire products after a trial in Glasgow. The report says Gutman will accept if given a work permit, while Polster is trying to decide whether to make the jump overseas.