CALVIN MILLER will become a free agent when his Celtic contract expires at the end of next month.

The 22-year-old left-back, whose season was wiped out following a knee operation in September, will end a 10-year association with the club.

Miller, who has been on loan to Dundee and Ayr United in recent seasons, has revealed one of the first phone calls he received to offer support came from former team-mate Kieran Tierney who came through the ranks with the Glaswegian.

The versatile left-sided performer, who made his debut against Partick Thistle in 2016, told the Daily Record: “KT told me not to be too disappointed because he is in no doubt I will get something and back playing at a top level.

“He is also going to put me in touch with a physio to make sure my knee is perfect and ready to go.

“KT has been really good, as have all the boys at Celtic.

“The likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Mikey Johnston also called. I know I have made friends for life.”

The former Scotland Under-21 international added: “I spoke to Chris McCart and John Kennedy who both called to wish me all the best.

“I have been at Celtic since I was 12 so that was 10 years. It is disappointing, but I sort of knew it would happen.

“I hadn’t played a lot of games and then I got that unfortunate injury which has ruled me out for the last eight and a bit months.

“I knew my contract was coming up, but it is still gutting to be leaving the club I have known for the majority of my life.

“I supported Celtic all my life and it is all I have known and I am just grateful to have been given the opportunity to live my dream and play for my boyhood heroes.

“I played a few matches in Brendan’s first season. I got four or five games and got the Man of the Match against Kilmarnock.

“I thought I was going to kick on, but I never got back in for another six months. That Celtic team was at such a high level where they never lost a league game.

“Brendan was great, he had so much knowledge of the game and he improved you as a player.

“It was great training with boys you looked up to and supported.

“I was with the best players in Scotland. I leave with nothing but good memories.”


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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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