By Tom Blackburn
Celtic youngster Aidan Nesbitt is hopeful the influence of Brendan Rodgers can see him improve at the same rate as Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe.
Nesbitt has recently been sent out on loan from the Hoops to Morton in the Scottish Championship for a six-month period.
Rodgers gave Sterling and Ibe their first-team opportunities when he was manager at Liverpool, before the former left for Manchester City in a £49million deal last summer and the latter joined Bournemouth for £15million last month.
“If you look at Raheem Sterling and the likes of Jordon Ibe, he went out on loan for the first six months of one season and when they brought him back he almost scored the winner against Everton in the derby and was man-of-the-match,” Nesbitt told the Scottish Herald.
“These are the kind of things I need to try and emulate, but it obviously gives me confidence to see what the manager’s done for young talent at Liverpool, and hopefully I can do the same.
“I spoke to him and he said that he thought it would be a good idea to come to Morton for six months. He says that Jim is a really good coach, and obviously during my time at the club I want to develop my game further before trying to push for a place in Celtic’s first-team.
“All I can do is keep trying to make myself better and keep developing my game, and hopefully when an opportunity comes along that I make sure I take it.
“I’ve got a three-year contract, so every single day I need to keep working hard and keep improving myself in the hope that I do get the opportunity.”
Nesbitt has played on one occasion for the Scottish champions, coming off the bench in the last-16 of their Scottish League Cup run as they beat Raith Rovers 2-0.
Upon arriving at Morton, Nesbitt got a win instantly under his belt as the club overcame Hamilton in the Betfred Cup on Tuesday night.
Celtic have made a number of signings this summer including Moussa Dembele and Kolo Toure, then most recently Scott Sinclair.
Sinclair arrived from Aston Villa on Sunday morning on a four-year deal, and scored the winner in Celtics league opener against Hearts on the same day.
Rodgers had been desperate to set up a third reunion with the former England under-21 international after working with him at Chelsea and Swansea.
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