NEIL LENNON has told Timothy Weah to cut short his loan spell at Celtic and leave immediately.

The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward was withdrawn from the squad for tomorrow’s Premiership encounter against Rangers at Ibrox.

Weah was released after snubbing the Scottish Cup Final to play for the USA in the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

Lennon had brokered a deal with American Head Coach Tab Ramos that would have freed up the attacker for the Hampden silverware showdown with Hearts on May 25 where the club have the opportunity to claim an unprecedented treble treble.

Weah would have linked up with the US squad then returned to Celtic to prepare for the grand finale before then rejoining his national team-mates.

But the exciting teenage talent refused the offer and insisted he wanted stay with his national team – prompting Lennon to call time on his stay in Glasgow after arriving in January.

Weah, as reported by the BBC, said: “The gaffer told me it is in the best interest of the team that I collect my things and go home.

“It was a true honour playing for this club and also having the opportunity to interact with legends who paved the way for us.

“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.

“To you, the fans, I will never forget you for all the love, support and kindness you have shown me.

“I don’t know as yet what the future holds, but I wish to one day come back to this great club to be with you all.

“I will forever miss you chanting my name and hearing the beautiful song you have created for me.”

Weah contributed an x-factor to Celtic since his arrival when he made an impact as a substitute on a few occasions.

He scored his first goal on his debut in a 4-0 Premiership win over St Mirren in Glasgow in January and started last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie that brought the Hoops their eighth successive title.

There had been speculation Weah could return next season for a second loan spell at the champions.


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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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