Newcastle new boy Stuart Findlay explains why he has outrageous confidence

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe (L) and Celtic's Stuart Findlay in action

The young defender is raring to get started at St James Park.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe (L) and Celtic's Stuart Findlay in actionStuart Findlay in action

Newcastle United new boy Stuart Findlay has spoken of the confidence he has received after being signed by Rafael Benitez, in quotes published by the Daily Record.

The 20-year old joined the Magpies earlier this month on a free transfer, after his contract with Celtic expired, and he has revealed that the decision to move to Tyneside was easy once he learned of Benitez’s admiration.

“When I knew Newcastle were in for me, I didn’t care about money or moving away from home – none of that mattered,” said Findlay.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

“All I could think about was the fact that Rafa Benitez had actually sanctioned the deal for me. To hear that, it gave me an outrageous amount of confidence. Because of that I’ve arrived here with a real spring in my step.

“If I can produce a bit of form hopefully I’ll get the chance I didn’t get at Celtic. I feel like I might have arrived at Newcastle at the right time.”

Celtic's Stuart Findlay in action against Norwich City's Grant HoltStuart Findlay in action

The former Celtic defender has initially joined the Magpies’ development squad, under the watchful eye of Peter Beardsley, but he will be targeting a step up to the first-team as soon as possible.

Newcastle are light in options at centre-back following the departures of Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, and Findlay will hope he can give the only two senior central defenders at the club – Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba – something to think about next season.

Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba in actionNewcastle's Chancel Mbemba in action

Games come thick and fast in England’s second tier and with cup competitions also factored in, there will be plenty of opportunities for the Scotland Under-21 international to make his mark down South.

Benitez has been quick to add to his squad in a bid to bounce back to the Premier League right away and his sanctioning of Findlay’s move may suggest Celtic have let a real gem slip through their fingers.

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