Darnell Fisher explains Celtic departure, discusses what Deila told him before exit

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Darnell Fisher says he joined St. Johnstone in order to play regular first team football.

Celtic defender Darnell Fisher has told The Scottish Sun that he joined St. Johnstone on loan in a bid to play regular first team football.

Fisher, 21, joined Celtic from Farnborough in 2011, and the English right back has made 21 first team appearances for the Bhoys since his arrival.

Yet this summer, Fisher's situation became complicated. It's one thing to be sitting behind experienced international defenders in Adam Matthews and Mikael Lustig, but the arrival of Saidy Janko - another young, promising right back - meant that Fisher had to re-evaluate his Celtic career, even after Matthews joined Sunderland.

Fisher chose to join Scottish Premiership rivals St. Johnstone on a season-long loan deal, and will certainly be hoping to make a big impact at McDiarmid Park this term.

Now, Fisher has told The Scottish Sun that whilst he appreciated messages of support from Celtic supporters, he simply had to leave the club in order to play regularly this season, even if the move was only on loan.

Additionally, Fisher revealed that Bhoys manager Ronny Deila told him to go and earn experience this season, before his return to Celtic next summer.

"I have had some very positive messages from Celtic fans wishing me all the best," said Fisher. "It was nice to hear that but I need to be playing football. There’s no point training all week and watching games from the stand on a Saturday. Some young players might have been content to stay and just be around the team at a big club like Celtic but that’s not me."

"I have played for Celtic and have had quite a few first team starts. Once you get a taste of that you just want more. That is why I have come here. The manager at Celtic just told me to go and play and get more experience under my belt," he added.

Fisher will be looking to show Celtic what he can do this season, but the arrival of Janko has certainly brought Fisher's Celtic career into doubt.

With two young, athletic full backs, Deila may end up having to choose one over the other for the future - and given that he recently signed Janko, Fisher may well end up leaving Celtic permanently at some point soon.

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