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12th Jan, 2017 | 5:34pm

Newcastle wonderkid: This is what will inspire me to succeed

By Matt Farr

Newcastle’s prolific midfielder Sean Longstaff wants to follow in the footsteps of former Celtic star Alan Thompson.

Longstaff is the nephew of the former midfielder, who made 227 appearances during a seven-year stint at Parkhead.

Thompson boasts a large collection of football memorabilia from his playing career, including a shirt swapped with former Barcelona legend Ronaldinho.

The 19-year-old admitted that his uncle’s collection will inspire him to fight for a long and successful professional football career.

The youngster has just signed for Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the season, having made an impressive start to the season with Newcastle’s reserve team.

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He has six goals and three assists from 11 appearances in all competitions, and is now looking to translate that form onto the Scottish Premiership stage with his new side.

He told the Newcastle Chronicle: “I spoke to Alan Thompson, who is my uncle, about playing in Scotland. He told me a bit about it as he played for Celtic during his career.

“I have been to his house too where he has Ronaldinho’s shirt framed from playing against Barcelona.

“It would be great to follow in his footsteps. He had a really good career in the game.”

Longstaff could make his first appearance for Kilmarnock when they face Hamilton in the Scottish Cup fourth round on January 21.

He joined the club alongside fellow Newcastle youngsters Freddie Woodman and Callum Roberts, becoming the latest names to join Lee Clark’s Kilmarnock squad this month.

Clark has already extended the stay of full-back Luke Hendrie, who will remain on loan at the club until the end of the season.

In other Newcastle news, youngster Alex Gilliead is having a medical at League One outfit Bradford.

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