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‘SAINTS WANTED ME,’ CELTIC KID

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CELTIC’S stand-in left-back Calvin Miller has revealed he almost joined St Johnstone in a loan deal last month.

The 20-year-old defender, who stepped in for Kieran Tierney in the Perth side’s goalless draw at Parkhead yesterday, was on manager Tommy Wright’s wish list during the transfer window.

Miller said: “I was aware they wanted me at Christmas time. There is a big squad here, a lot of players, so I was going to be going out on loan.

“But we got a few injuries, so the gaffer told me he wanted me to stay closer to the squad.

“He just told me to work hard and that’s how I got my chance because I have been doing that.”

Saints frustrated the champions for the second time this season by adding another point from Parkhead following their 1-1 draw in August.

Miller added: “We started off well then invited pressure onto ourselves a bit because we didn’t give ourselves enough options when we were on the ball.

“The pitch had a part to play as well, it was heavy and it was digging up, but that’s no excuse.

“I thought in the second-half we were better and could maybe have put the game away.

“But it was just one of those ones where you don’t get beat, so you put this game away and move on to the next one.”

Saints boss Wright said: “We have had performances like that at other stadiums, but not often enough.

“We are still unbeaten after playing them twice here and that performance should give the confidence to kick on for the rest of the season.

“We will not focus too much on the top six. We are looking to string some results together.

“It has been a difficult season for us, it is a stronger league and we have not dealt with injuries as well as we did in previous seasons.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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