Niall McGinn signs a season-long loan deal with Brentford


League One side Brentford have signed Celtic midfielder Niall McGinn on a season long loan deal, and become’s Uwe Rösler’s fifth signing of the summer.

McGinn will fly out to Norway for the club’s pre-season training camp tomorrow.

Uwe said: “This is a very good signing for us. It has come about because of the links Mark Warburton has with Celtic and it is fantastic news for the Club that we can get a Northern Ireland international who is young but is proven at the top-level.

“Niall is a quick, very direct player, and he has a very good work ethic. He will be another important addition to our squad.

“I felt we were a little bit thin on the wings so we now have good numbers and competition for places. Niall is comfortable on both wings and it is important to have players like that. We always welcome good players to Brentford Football Club, Niall wants to play at the highest level and we can help him do that. I’m very happy to have him here.”

At the end of May in an Exclusive interview with Scotzine, Niall McGinn reiterated his desire to stay at Celtic Park, despite a season of injuries and failure to break back into the first team after playing only 11 games all last season.

McGinn said at the time: “Quitting Celtic? Are you insane? No chance. Once you’re at the club of your dreams then you do everything in your power to stay there. I’m also a determined character and I would not allow myself or my career to be derailed by what happened, if anything I use it as motivation to succeed at Celtic.”

He added: “Although I’ve played in 11 games and scored three goals this term, I’ve struggled to get a good run and this has probably been the most frustrating season of my career to date. I just need to remain professional and stay prepared in case I get called upon to do a job. Football can be strange, one minute you’re in the wilderness, the next you’re starting games and expected to produce the goods.”

McGinn was left out of the Celtic squad that travelled to Australia and at the time, Niall posted on his twitter account that he was ‘raging’ at the decision.

And earlier this month Neil Lennon explained McGinn’s absence: “Niall was late coming in because he was away on international duty and we were only ever taking 23 players here with us anyway. I’ll speak to him when I get back, but he’ll be involved in the games before the season starts. He’ll be coming to Ireland with us as well for the Dublin Cup.

“I’ve not had the chance to speak to him yet, but I just felt he could do with an extra couple of days. He’ll feature in the game we have against Partick Thistle on July 16. There has been no fall out with him, not at all.”

It now seems that Neil Lennon’s plans for McGinn have changed and the Northern Irishman will now try to gain regular first team football with the English League One side.

McGinn stated on his twitter page tonight: “Arrived safely in london, on way to hotel, up early in the morning of to norway, looking forward to the season with Brentford. Thanks to both Celtic and Brentford fans for the messages much appreciated.”

Niall McGinn’s agent Gerry Carlile and Celtic were unavailable for comment at this time.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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