Celtic have chance to rectify Stuart Findlay error with Newcastle contract ending

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on December 2, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Stuart Findlay was never given a chance at Celtic but is back in the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock, on loan from Newcastle United.

Stuart Findlay of Celtic in action against Den Bosch  during the Pre Season Friendly between Celtic and De Bosch at St Mirren Park on  July 01, 2015 in Paisley, Scotland.

Celtic spent the January transfer window looking for new defenders and, by the end of the month, both Marvin Compper and Jack Hendry had arrived.

But they could have saved themselves the hassle, and about £2.5 million in transfer fees, had they kept Stuart Findlay at Parkhead instead. The Scotland under-21 international came through the ranks at Celtic but was released in 2016 without making a single first-team appearance, joining Newcastle United on a free.

Jack Hendry of Dundee in action during the pre season friendly between Brechin City and Dundee at Glebe Park on July 11, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

Findlay is back north of the border with Kilmarnock, however, and is showing the champions what they are missing during a loan spell in which he has established himself as one of the most exciting young defensive talents in the country – like new Celtic signing Jack Hendry.

But with his contract at Newcastle due to expire at the end of this season, Findlay could find himself on the market once again, and Celtic should surely be considering a move to give this Carmyle-born talent the chance to prove himself where it all began.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on December 2, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Findlay is exactly the sort of player who tends to thrive under the management of Brendan Rodgers, a coach who specialises in youth development, and the prospect of he and Hendry at centre-half could give Celtic a brilliant central defensive partnership for years to come.

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