A young United States soccer star is on the move.
Tim Weah, an 18-year-old striker from New York, will go on loan with Scottish side Celtic FC for six months, following a deal between the club and Paris Saint-Germain that was announced Monday.
Weah will fly to Dubai this week to join Celtic for the club’s winter camp. Celtic currently sits at the top of the table in the Scottish Premiership. The club is also competing in the UEFA Europa League this season and will face Valencia CF of La Liga on Feb. 14 and 21.
Weah, who will turn 19 in February, scored his first Ligue 1 goal earlier this season in a win over SM Caen, but he hasn’t appeared for PSG since August.
The French side has a bevy of talent up top, featuring players like Kylian Mbappe, Neyman, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria. This made playing time hard to come by for the young American, but Celtic likes his potential.
“(Weah) has a long career ahead of him, but he has those natural attributes in terms of his pace and technique. He’s hungry too,” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said in a statement from the club. “He’s been in the PSG squad and featured for them in pre-season. With the quality of players they have, it’s difficult for him to get in and get any game-time. They wanted him to go out on loan and saw Celtic as a great possibility.”
The son of former star Liberian striker George Weah — who played for Monaco, PSG, AC Milan and other clubs — Timothy Weah began playing with the U.S. national team’s youth sides in 2012. He joined the New York Red Bulls academy in 2013 and then moved to Paris to be in PSG’s academy in 2014.
The past two seasons, he’s appeared in six games with PSG’s first team, scoring twice. Weah also played in 11 matches with PSG’s U-19 side, scoring four times.
“It’s a fantastic honour to sign for such a historic club, and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” Weah said in a statement. “I’m also delighted to be working with such a great coach and great teammates, and I’m looking forward so much to be playing in front of some of the best and most passionate fans on the planet. I’m so happy and so excited.”
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Weah made his debut with the U.S. senior national team this past year, getting the call up from former interim head coach Dave Sarachan. Weah received eight U.S. caps in 2018 and was on the bench for two other matches. He tallied one goal and one assist over that stretch.
Before being capped by the U.S., Weah had the choice of playing for four different countries — Liberia through his father, Jamaica through his mother, France through residency and the U.S. by birthplace.
“He has really good qualities technically, and tactically is always improving his game,” Rodgers said of Weah. “Physically he’s very good, very fast and is a strong player. He’ll add competition to the squad.”