Len­non gives loan ace Weah boot af­ter his cup fi­nal snub

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The Scotsman - - SPORT - By ALI­SON MCCONNELL

Ti­mothy Weah was asked to leave Celtic yes­ter­day af­ter­noon be­cause he re­fused to play in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal against Hearts.

The 19- year- old’s loan from Paris Saint- Ger­main was cut short yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, with t he striker l ay­ing t he blame for his pre­ma­ture exit at Neil Len­non as he left the club. Weah used so­cial me­dia plat­form In­sta­gram to say: “I will be join­ing my na­tional team to par­tic­i­pate in the U20 World Cup in Poland. With this de­ci­sion, the gaffer told me it is in the best in­ter­ests of the team that I col­lect my things and go home rather than be a part of the game on Sun­day so I’ll be on my way.”

It is un­der­stood, how­ever, that the player was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to play for Celtic in Scot­tish Cup fi­nal at Ham­p­den on 25 May and then re­join his internatio­nal col­leagues in Poland for the re­main­der of their World Cup cam­paign.

The USA had in­vited Weah to head to a train­ing camp af­ter this week­end’s game against Rangers at Ibrox to start prepa­ra­tions for the World Cup but Tab Ramos, the un­der- 20 man­ager, was pre­pared t o al­low Weah to then re­turn to Len­nox­town the week be­fore the cup fi­nal.

The un­der­stand­ing was that Weah would then have am­ple time with his Celtic col­leagues to pre­pare for the club’s bid to se­cure a his­toric tre­ble tre­ble.

The com­pro­mise agreed with the club and the USA coach­ing staff was that Weah would miss t heir open­ing game against Ukraine but would re­turn to Poland im­me­di­ately af­ter the Ham­p­den game against Hearts.

That would have given Weah the re­main­der of the World Cup cam­paign with Amer­ica’s next games on Mon­day 27 May against Nige­ria and Qatar on Thurs­day 30 May.

It was Weah him­self who re­fused to re­turn to Glas­gow for the fi­nal game of the sea

son. Care­taker Celtic man­ager Len­non in­ter­preted that de­ci­sion as a lack of com­mit­ment from the player and felt it best for all par­ties that he leave the squad.

“I still have a lot of grow­ing up to do in my game,” said Weah. “I am es­pe­cially thank­ful to the Celtic fam­ily for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to show you all what I am ca­pa­ble of do­ing once given the chance. I want to thank my team- mates for sup­port­ing me ev­ery step of the way. Thanks so much to Celtic FC and to you the fans for ac­cept­ing me.”

TIMO WEAH “The gaffer told me it is in the best in­ter­ests of the team that I col­lect my things and go home”

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