By Richard Parks
Celtic youngster Calvin Miller has revealed that he nearly joined St Johnstone on loan last month before the plug was pulled on the deal at the last minute.
Miller explained that a deal had been agreed for him to join the Hoops’ Scottish Premiership rival on a temporary deal.
But the move for the 20-year-old fell through after Brendan Rodgers asked him to stay at Celtic as a back-up option.
Miller made just his third senior appearance this season, and his first start since August in a 0-0 draw against Tommy Wright’s side on Sunday, as he filled in at left-back.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Miller said: “I was aware they [St. Johnstone] wanted me at Christmas time. There is a big squad here, a lot of players, so I was going to be going out on loan.
“But we got a few injuries so the gaffer told me he wanted me to stay closer to the squad. He just told me to work hard and that’s how I got my chance today because I have been doing that.”
The 20-year-old was one of seven changes against the Saints, with manager Rodgers looking to rest several of his big names ahead of the Europa League second leg against Zenit St. Petersburg this Thursday.
Football Insider verdict:
It is Miller’s misfortune that he is playing second fiddle to arguably the best pound-for-pound player in the Celtic squad (although Moussa Dembele and Scott Brown might have something to say about that). His selection against St. Johnstone perhaps vindicates him staying rather than heading out on loan, but it is difficult to see the left-sided ace getting too many chances until the point the Hoops have safely wrapped up the Scottish title. It would have been better for the player’s development playing regular senior football rather than twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines.
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