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USMNT’s Weah confirms loan from PSG; linked with Celtic

Bolivia v United States

CHESTER, PA - MAY 28: Tim Weah #11 and Josh Sargent #13 of the United States celebrate after a goal by Sargent in the second half of the friendly soccer match against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The United States defeated Bolivia 3-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Tim Weah is heading out on loan in January, and it appears he is on his way to Scotland.

Weah, 18, sent out a message on his Instagram page confirming he will leave Paris Saints-Germain on loan for six months in January.

Loosely translated, Weah said his goodbyes to his teammates and fans after spending the last few months training with the first team but getting very few playing minutes as he’s scored twice in three appearances (one start) so far this season, but both of his goals came way back in August.

“I just want to take the time to talk to everyone about the decision that my family and I have taken with regard to leaving on loan this winter. First of all, I would like to thank the supporters for their constant support, as well as the coaching staff and my teammates, for strengthening me in my mind and for me to always feel a part of this family. These few months have been great even though I haven’t played much, I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I had at the beginning of the season because it opened me many doors this winter... I hope after these six months, I will be ready to return to the Parc des Princes and give everything for you, proud to be Parisian.”

It has seen been reported that Weah is heading to Scottish champions Celtic for the second half of the season. Brendan Rodgers’ side are top of the Scottish Premiership and are in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.

Weah’s chances of playing at PSG are limited, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani the undisputed top choices at the forward position.

Despite his lack of minutes at PSG, Weah has been a regular for the U.S. over the past 12 months, playing eight times and scoring against Bolivia in May. Alongside Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams he is one of the leading lights for the USMNT’s future.

The teenager has yet to go out on loan after moving into PSG’s first team from their academy last season, and heading to play for Celtic will help him develop in many ways. Rodgers’ attractive style of play will allow Weah to express himself in an attacking sense, while playing in Scotland in the winter will no doubt “toughen him up” upon his return to PSG.

Weah is highly regarded at PSG and his time will come. Until then, getting this experience and playing regularly makes perfect sense and it will help him feature for the USMNT under Gregg Berhalter in the coming months.