'It’s a big step' - Celtic forward delivers verdict on loan spell away from Parkhead
By James Black
Teenage Celtic forward PJ Crossan scored his first goal for loan club Alloa Athletic in the win over East Fife at the weekend – and hopes to help the Wasps up the table before he returns to Parkhead in January.
Crossan has been with the League One side since the start of the season and has struggled to get his name on the scoresheet for Jim Goodwin’s side.
However he hopes he can contribute more goals over the remainder of his time at the Indodrill Stadium.
The 19-year-old played a key role in Celtic’s Scottish FA Youth Cup-winning side last season and was sent out on loan by Brendan Rodgers to continue his development by playing against men instead of youth games.
Crossan also revealed that Alloa’s senior players have been a huge help as he comes towards the end of his loan with the Wasps.
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“It’s great to finally get off the mark. It’s been a long time coming but hopefully now I can kick on and get a few more,” Crossan said, as quoted by the Alloa Advertiser.
“I’ve been trying to do as best I can to help the team but I’ve not been able to put the ball in the net up to now, so I’m very glad it went in.
“The reason I’m here is to help the team while developing as a player. It’s a big step to be playing against men.
“The boys have been great with me since I came in, especially Frank McKeown, Stevie Hetherington and Daryll Meggatt who have taken me under their wing.
“They’ve all been great. If I’m playing well I know I can help the team climb the table.”
Crossan will return to Celtic Park in the new year and will hope his experience with Alloa can help him kick on and fight for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
The Celtic boss hasn’t been shy in giving young talent an opportunity since taking over the Hoops last year and Crossan is one that fans will be eager to see progress at Parkhead.
In other Celtic news, James McClean has sent a Twitter message to this Hoops ace.