Nesbitt: Celtic were keen for me to stay with Morton

Aidan Nesbitt has told how parent club Celtic were keen for him to continue his development at Morton and extend his existing loan deal until the end of the season.

Nesbitt, 19, renewed his contract yesterday, committing himself to the Ton until 9 June, thereby ensuring he would see out the campaign at Cappielow.

Further to Parkhead head of youth Chris McCart’s advice, the Scotland Under-21 international has been enjoying his time in Greenock and says he was also more than happy to stay on.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: “It’s been an ongoing thing for a few weeks now. Jim Duffy made it clear to me a few weeks ago that he wanted me to stay until the end of the season.

“He just said: ‘You don’t need to tell me anything just now. Go away, think about it and then come back to me.’ Last week, I went back and said I was happy to continue here until the end of the season.

“Obviously, I also spoke to Celtic and they are happy for me to stay as well. They send scouts to every single game, so there are always people from there watching me and Jamie Lindsay.

“Chris McCart emphasised that Morton are doing so well and that I’m playing games, and that it was a good move for me to stay until the end of the season

“Before I went out on loan I was speaking to Brendan Rodgers and he said it would likely be that I would stay here until the end of the season. I think Chris and him would’ve assessed it again recently and decided the right thing was for me to stay here.

“I spoke to Chris on the phone and he made it clear to me that Celtic were happy for me to stay here until the end of the season to continue my development.

“I’ve made 17 appearances – 11 of them have been starts – so far and in the first six months of the season, the team have done really well.

“We got to the semi-final of the League Cup and we’re sitting third in the league. And the thing is, the momentum and confidence is increasing, and that is a good thing for us to go and excel even further.

“It’s brilliant here. All the lads in the dressing room are a good bunch, and as I said, we’re doing well. So if you are playing football and you’re winning, what’s not to enjoy?”


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