CELTIC teenager Aiden Nesbitt hopes to show Partick Thistle fans more than just a glimpse of his potential during his loan stay at Firhill.
“I don’t play as a striker, but I’ve been scoring a lot of goals this season in the under-20’s. I’m aware though that this is obviously a different level and I’m going to be playing against experienced defenders, but it’s something that I feel I’m ready to take the step up to
“I’m hoping to get game-time and first-team experience at a really high level while I’m here. There aren’t many people who come out on loan and stay in the same division as the team that they play for, so, hopefully, I can get as many games as I can, with the added bonus that I will be playing against the same defenders that Celtic will be playing against.
“Hopefully, that will set me in good stead when I go back there.”
Nesbitt had a whirlwind weekend as the January window drew to a close, scoring twice against Rangers for Celtic’s development squad on the same day that the deal was agreed for him to join the Jags.
He said: “I was told on the Friday that I’d be playing against Rangers on the Monday, but that there was also a good chance that I would be going out on loan, so I went to the game and played.
“It was all positive because we won the game and then I got to Firhill, which I’m excited about.
“The boys have been brilliant, they’re a good set of lads and have been very welcoming.
Nesbitt has made one appearance for the Hoops as a late substitute in the 2-0 League Cup win over Raith Rovers in
“I definitely think I’ll get a chance when I go back to Celtic. The gaffer spoke to me just before I came and said it would be a good experience and that I’ll be back in his plans for the start of next season.
“I’ve signed a contract for another three-and-a-half years, so there’s plenty of time for me.
“It will be difficult to get into the first team at Partick Thistle, though, because there are some great players here.