Newcastle new boy Stuart Findlay insists he has no hard feelings after leaving Celtic

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

The talented defender has joined the Magpies in the Championship.

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

Former Celtic youngster Stuart Findlay has refused to condemn his old club following his move to Newcastle United this summer.

The 20-year-old is a highly regarded prospect but failed to make the jump into the first-team at Parkhead and despite this he has no hard feelings towards his boyhood club.

“I’ll never criticise Celtic – you won’t hear any sour grapes from me,” said Findlay, in quotes published by the Daily Record.

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

“It didn’t work out for me at that club. Maybe it was just the wrong time for me when managers weren’t prepared to give me a chance.

“But I learnt a lot and I have no regrets about my time there. I wouldn’t be in the position I am now if it wasn’t for Celtic. They’ve trained me for 10 years and given me unbelievable experiences."

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Findlay joins the Rafa Benitez revolution on Tyneside as the Spaniard looks to build a squad capable of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and he will hope to force his way into the first-team picture sooner rather than later.

Celtic’s decision to let the youngster go is a strange one considering his steady progress in recent seasons and the lack of centre-back options currently at the club.

Celtic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the match

Findlay enjoyed successful loan spells at Greenock Morton, Dumbarton and Kilmarnock over the past two years and has progressed through the youth ranks for the Scottish national team.

The Hoops meanwhile are facing something of a crisis in central defence with Efe Ambrose looking unfit for purpose and Erik Sviatchenko the only other senior option currently available, leading to some suggestions that Findlay may have been a useful figure to keep around.

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