Celtic left-back Calvin Miller’s hopes of kickstarting his career at Parkhead are surely slipping away. After he picked up an injury in the reserve team clash with Hibernian, Miller’s faint hopes of a first-team promotion are becoming increasingly unlikely.
The young left-back, who can also play on the left-wing, has only played five times for Celtic’s first-team. This season, he has been limited to reserve team games as Neil Lennon looks at alternative options. Here are three reasons why his Celtic future looks bleak.
Summer exit rumours
In the summer, Miller was linked with a permanent exit and a move to the English leagues. Portsmouth were looking to sign a new left-back and Miller was one of their targets, as per The Daily Record.
Pompey could have been a fresh start for Miller. Kenny Jackett’s men harbour ambitions of winning promotion to the Championship after last season’s play-off disappointment. Miller might be linked with a permanent exit again in January.
Celtic played Hibernian in a reserve team clash and the headline story was Daniel Arzani’s return. But while the Australian midfielder came back from injury, Miller was subbed off with an injury.
Brody Paterson had to replace Miller after just 26 minutes of action in the 1-1 draw with Hibs. Celtic’s academy page wished Miller a “speedy recovery” on Twitter.
26’ – #CelticFC sub:
Speedy recovery, Calvin ?
CEL 0️⃣-0️⃣ HIB
— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) September 17, 2019
Miller’s hopes of breaking into the first-team have been dented by his injury. And he is now running out of time to save his Celtic future. The 21-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and it does not look like that deal will be extended.
After loan spells with Ayr United and Dundee, it looks like Miller will have to try his luck elsewhere. Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor are blocking his route to the first-team and the Scotland U21 starlet needs to find a new club if his first-team chances don’t come.