CELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers and captain Scott Brown have praised Timo Weah after the striker helped secure three points against St Johnstone today.
The 18-year-old American, son of the legendary George Weah, has quickly impressed fans not only with his skill but also his passion for the club.
Weah has made just five appearances for Celtic, four from the bench, but has scored three goals in that time.
The latest came today as St Johnstone – and in particular keeper Zander Clark – threatened to frustrate the Hoops.
Weah came on after 74 minutes with the game at 0-0 after Odsonne Edouard – only on minutes earlier himself – was injured.
Within minutes the PSG loanee controlled a long ball over the top before teeing up James Forrest for the opener.
He then got on the end of a Callum McGregor cross after a Celtic counter attack to seal the points.
Brown praised the man-of-the-match for his selflessness in front of goal to set up the opener.
“He comes on, he knows what he needs to do, he’s very, very unselfish,” the captain told Sky Sports.
“Most strikers could have tried to have a shot when they first come on, tried to get a name for themselves, but he’s played in Jamesy.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) 3 February 2019
“He’s got a tap-in then and got the rewards himself.”
Rodgers meanwhile praised Weah’s maturity as Celtic restored their six-point lead at the top of the table.
“How he came on was absolutely brilliant,” the manager told Celtic TV.
“Great movement – his touch and ball for the first goal was sensational and obviously his movement to get in the box on the counter attack and finish was brilliant.
“For an 18-year-old boy he’s got great qualities and his enthusiasm for the game is so nice to see as well.”
Weah also made one young fan’s day after giving him his shirt as he continues to endear himself to the Celtic faithful.
Class act from Weah! pic.twitter.com/Qg1EInkRaa
— Richard Hargreaves (@hargre14) 3 February 2019
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) 3 February 2019
Timothy Weah loves the Celtic so much his tongue's turning green. pic.twitter.com/0enZYgdNKW
— Kevin McGurk (@Kev_McGurk) 3 February 2019
Immense Celtic mon the Weah bhoy Still chuckling at Andy Walker on Edouard getting stretchered off after a late goal line challenge. “If it was outside the box you’d probably get a free kick” so foul then
— martin compston (@martin_compston) 3 February 2019
Weah are the people! pic.twitter.com/waZ9QF6GmE
— CeltsAreHere (@CeltsAreHere) 3 February 2019
We should just keep Weah tbh, wit are PSG going to dae, phone the polis?
— Muiry (@MuiryCeltic) 3 February 2019
Canny put inty words how much a love Weah already an absolute don
— wardy (@amyw4rd) 3 February 2019
Weah gets what playing for Celtic is all about! Shows more passion and fight than players that have been here for years!
— Steven (@meatsglasgow) 3 February 2019