Celtic youngster Joe Thomson signs new deal; eyes first-team spot

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The midfielder is keen to impress over the summer.

Celtic prospect Joe Thomson has become the latest young talent to commit his future to the club after signing a new deal yesterday, as confirmed on celticfc.net.

The 19-year old made his first senior appearance last season in a 3-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice and has now signed a deal that keeps him at Parkhead until 2018.

“I was pleased to get offered the deal and I have to now keep my feet on the ground, keep focused and not get ahead of myself then just show people why I’ve been offered the deal and then kick-on,” said Thomson.

“First and foremost I need to try to get the manager’s eye in training and take it from there. It remains to be seen if I need to go on loan or not to do that but I’ll just give 100 per cent in every session and game.

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“I’ve trained with the first-team a couple of times before they went away for pre-season and the training seems very good. It’s a high intensity and everyone is working hard,” he added.

Thomson is highly-rated within the club and was an integral figure of the Development squad that lifted the SPFL Development League title last season after an unbeaten campaign.

The young midfielder has a difficult task ahead of him if his sights are set on the Hoops’ first-team, with Brendan Rodgers inheriting a wide array of strong options in that area of the pitch.

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Rodgers has already overseen the capture of Moussa Dembele - in what is a major coup for the club - and similar high-profile arrivals could be on the horizon this summer, making it difficult for academy talent to make the step up.

The new Hoops boss faces the difficult task of seeing off a Rangers title challenge while making Celtic competitive in Europe again next season, and the signing of Dembele is an indication that Rodgers is serious about improving the squad this summer.

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