Baby ma­tures Castlemilk teen

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

Celtic left-back Calvin Miller be­lieves the birth of his daugh­ter Olivia turned him from a‘daft kid from the scheme’to a ma­ture player overnight.

It was back in April 2015 when the now 19-year-old from Castlemilk be­came a fa­ther and he has since gone on to en­joy first-team ex­pe­ri­ences with the Hoops.

Part of Scot Gem­mill’s Un­der-21 squad for the up­com­ing Euro­pean qual­i­fiers against Latvia and Ukraine in Perth, Miller ad­mit­ted his men­tal­ity has shifted mas­sively.

“The minute she came just changed my life,”he said.

“It’s made me more fo­cused and de­ter­mined to go and make a life for my fam­ily.

“I was def­i­nitely fairly im­ma­ture be­fore I had a kid.

“It was just one of those things that hap­pens in life.

“She was the best thing that’s hap­pened to me.

“She comes to my games, so I’ve got the sup­port from her.”

One youth team game against Manch­ester City where Celtic found them­selves with­out a left-back changed the path of Miller’s ca­reer to date.

He ex­plained:“When you are a young player who has grown up as an at­tacker, try­ing to score goals, then you don’t want to think:‘I’m be­ing put in de­fence’, but I’ve seen the pos­i­tives from it.

“Some­one like Ryan Ber­trand did the same thing [at Chelsea] and won the Cham­pi­ons League so, al­though you might not think so straight away, there are pos­i­tives to it.”

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