Date: 17th June 2018 at 1:27pm
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Former Celtic midfielder Joe Thomson has made the shock revelation that he was glad that his contract with the Hoops wasn’t renewed.

The 21-year-old made his first-team debut for the Bhoys against Dundee United in 2015, but failed to make the breakthrough since and is happy that he can now concentrate on playing football on a regular basis with his new team Dunfermline.

“I’d be lying if I said I was disappointed to be leaving Celtic, because I wasn’t” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“I didn’t want to go back and be playing youth team football, I wanted to challenge myself.

“So, it was the right time for me to leave and it was what I wanted.

“I wasn’t too sure before my first loan at Dumbarton, but I loved it. I loved looking forward to a Saturday and, as soon as the game was over, I couldn’t wait until the next game.”

Thomson did well for his last loan side Dumbarton last season, scoring five goals in 21 appearances.

Football Insider verdict

It is always a bit of a shock when a player wants to leave a big club like Celtic. But you would have to say that is for the best for Thomson that he quit the Bhoys. There we no point in the Bhoys keeping him as he was never going to make the breakthrough to the first-team. It is hard not to feel slightly sorry for the player, as he must have thought he was on the verge of making it with the Hoops when he made his debut against Dundee United. That has proved to be a one-off though, as ever since then he been off to a series of clubs on loan. At a club like Celtic there will always be a big turnover of young players, as the squad is so big, and there could well be more released on a free after Thomson. It is just a tad surprising to read his comments that he was ‘happy’ to leave the Bhoys. He wanted to play football on a regular basis though, so it is hard to begrudge him his opinion.

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