Celtic have handed a new contract to 20-year-old left-back Calvin Miller. The young defender, who has been transformed from a striker, has agreed a one-year extension to his deal that expired next summer.
Miller is now expected to go out on loan but this deal undoubtedly sends mixed messages.
Celtic fought hard to keep hold of Kieran Tierney this season, something they managed to achieve.
But earlier this month they also brought Emilio Izaguirre back to the club. The veteran defender left in 2017 to join Al-Fahya in Saudi Arabia. But he is now back offering cover to Tierney at Parkhead.
“He sees me long-term at the club and wants me to develop and that’s why he wants me to go out on loan. I feel like I need that myself.”
The fact that Celtic decided to bring back a player who had left a year ago due to lack of opportunities, rather than give Miller a chance, speaks volumes about his standing at the club.
The former striker turns 21 in the New Year and it is hard to see that he is ready to become a regular at Celtic going forward.
A loan deal appears on the cards. Celtic will surely hope he succeeds in such a deal, so they can cash in next summer.
Miller’s new contract would appear a mere security measure, rather than a vote of confidence.