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Stuart Findlay urged to show Celtic quality during expected Kilmarnock loan

The Scotland Under-21 defender is reportedly on the cusp of a loan season at Kilmarnock next season.

Young Celtic defender Stuart Findlay has been encouraged to prove himself worthy of a role at Parkhead in his reported loan spell with Kilmarnock next season, according to quotes from his soon-to-be new manager Gary Locke that have appeared on STV.

The 19-year-old is still yet to make his first appearance for the Bhoys, but he has managed to get some senior action under his belt at both Greenock Morton and Dumbarton over the last couple of seasons.

But now, at Killie, Findlay will be facing his most difficult challenge yet, a campaign of Premiership football at a club that struggled last time round.

It could arguably make or break the youngster's career, or at least set his Celtic hopes back or speed them along.

"Celtic have kindly let him come down. It's not done yet but we're hoping to get something agreed today," STV quoted Locke as saying about Findlay's loan to Rugby Park.

The 40-year-old continued that he didn't know why the young centre back wasn't getting matches at the Scottish champions, but said that the chance of regular top flight football was the perfect opportunity for him to prove he deserved a first team role sooner rather than later - something Locke felt Findlay was more than capable of earning in the long term.

"He's got a lot of attributes that I like," he added. "It's not for me to say why he's not getting a game at Celtic but certainly for us, he fits the bill.

"I'm sure at the minute he feels he is good enough to play for Celtic - well this is his chance to prove it.

"Luckily for me he's decided he wants to come to Kilmarnock, which is a major coup for us because there was a lot of interest in the lad."

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