Celtic youngster Joe Thomson determined to earn first-team spot even if that means going out on loan

The midfielder appears to be well down the pecking order with the Scottish Premiership leaders.

Joe Thomson has insisted that he remains determined to earn a place in the Celtic first-team in the future, even if that means having to go out on loan to prove himself, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 19-year-old has made just one appearance for the Hoops - which came back in August when he featured for the final minutes of the side's game with Dundee United - and is arguably a victim of the amount of depth that Ronny Deila has available in the middle of the park.

But Thomson has claimed that he is not downhearted about his first-team prospects, and is prepared to show what he can do away from Parkhead if necessary.

"Celtic have a lot of midfielders, which everyone knows, but you can't give up or lose hope," he told The Scottish Sun.

"It might be that I need to go on loan, because I need to be playing some form of first-team football.

"It's definitely not hard to stay motivated - not when you're at Celtic. It's the biggest club in the country so you can never lose focus."

With a contract that expires in the summer (via The Scottish Sun), Thomson would be forgiven for looking at the number of players that appear to stand between him and the starting line-up and thinking that he needs a permanent move away from the club or runs the risk of watching his potential fade away.

However, The Scottish Sun claims that a new deal will be put on the table, and based on his attitude regarding his current situation, it appears that he is likely to sign.

And while a loan move would surely be good for his development, learning from the likes of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Kris Commons in training should benefit him enormously and keep him in his manager's thoughts if injuries deplete the squad.

And with Kieran Tierney proving this term that it is possible to displace an experienced first-team regular, Thomson may only need one opportunity to show what he can do to prove if he is ready for the step-up.

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