By Danny Wright
Celtic have confirmed that defender Sam Wardrop has exited Parkhead on a temporary basis.
The Hoops announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Tuesday evening that the 19-year-old has joined Championship side Dumbarton on a season-long loan deal in the hope of him gaining some invaluable first-team experience.
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Wardrop had recently featured in the friendly loss to Lyon as he came off the bench to play at right-back.
He has never played a competitive match in the senior side and this will be his first loan stint away from the Scottish treble winners after captaining the youth team to the Youth Cup title last season.
His new side Dumbarton finished eighth in the Scottish Championship last term as they managed to avoid the relegation play-off spot by goal difference.
They begin their league campaign on Saturday when they welcome Greenock Morton to the Rock and will be hoping that Wardrop can come straight into the squad to earn his competitive debut.
Football Insider Verdict
Celtic have seen some very good youngsters develop through the academy in recent years and Wardrop is one of them. The Scottish right-back is very versatile and is known to be able to play anywhere in the back-line. That will do wonders for his chances of getting into the Hoops first-team one day as it makes him an extremely useful squad player. Wardrop has to impress at Dumbarton if he wants to have a future at Parkhead. It will be his first taste of men’s football and he has to seize the opportunity he has been given at the Rock. When he returns next summer it’s likely that Brendan Rodgers may consider his position in the senior side with Mikael Lustig ageing and Christian Gamboa seemingly nowhere near the managers’ plans.
In other Celtic news, this first-team star has said that he will be willing to fill in the void up front if needed.