By Amir Mir

Celtic flop Stuart Findlay has revealed that it was a “no-brainer” to join Championship side Newcastle in the summer.

The 21-year-old defender was released from Parkhead and subsequently joined the Magpies, who had just suffered relegation from the Premier League.

Since joining the north east club, the centre-back has only played one game for Rafa Benitez’ side and that was during the 3-1 FA Cup win against Birmingham in January.

Since then, he has been a regular feature for the under-21’s side and will be looking to force his way into the senior set-up in the coming seasons.

Following his release, Findlay spoke about how he could not turn down the decision of joining such a big club.

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“My time at Celtic was going a bit stale,” Findlay told the Shield Gazette. “I wasn’t really getting anywhere and I was coming to a crossroads about what was going to be best for my career.

“It was obviously time to move on. As soon as I heard a team like Newcastle was interested, it was an absolute no-brainer. You’re going to jump at the chance to play at such an illustrious club with as great history and under such an impressive manager.

“Nobody I know would’ve knocked that back. I’m glad that I came.”

At this moment in time, Newcastle are sitting second in the English Championship where they are on the verge of earning promotion to the top tier.

Given his lack of first team football this term, it is highly unlikely that Findlay will play for the senior side when they make their expected return to the promised land.

By contrast, the Magpies youngster has left behind a side that is top of the Scottish Premiership table, having recently clinched the title.

Furthermore, Brendan Rodgers team are on the verge of going through the entire campaign having not suffered a single defeat on the domestic circuit.

In other Celtic news, this 25-year-old was named in the team of the week after the win against Kilmarnock. 

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