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I was released by Celtic at the age of sixteen, but fortunately Hamilton took a chance on me and gave me a full time contract.
I played with a lot of very talented players in the Celtic youth team; Callum McGregor, Islam Feruz, Joe Chalmers, Marcus Fraser and Dylan McGeoch.
Being told you are no longer wanted is hard to take. I went for a meeting with the coaching staff of Chris McCart, Tommy McIntyre, Miodrag Krivokapic and my Mum and Dad too. It was a terrible feeling to be told the club is letting you go. However, it gave me the boot up the backside I needed to try and make it elsewhere.
I returned to Celtic for the first time since that fateful day to play against them wearing the red and white hoops of Hamilton Accies. It was the weekend of my 21st birthday and most of my relations had been at our house a couple of days before the game to say good luck, but we really hope you lose! As you can no doubt guess, they were all going to the Celtic end of the ground. The message was clear, we love you because you are our nephew, we hope you play well, but we still want you to lose!
Our manager Alex Neil had been thorough in his preparation and it was clear he thought this Celtic team could be beaten in their own backyard.
At half-time with the game at 0-0, the gaffer came in and roasted us and I thought we had played well. He demanded that nobody should hide in this game or they were coming off. He wanted us to play football and anyone who didn’t was getting the hook.
Ali Crawford scored the only goal of the game and we won 1-0. I played ok and rode my luck as you need to do at Celtic park. My Dad and Mum waited on me after the game and gave me a huge cuddle. They knew the journey I had been on. What about my aunts, uncles and cousins? They were also pleased for me, just this once!Back to The Football Family
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