Wednesday 29 January 2020

Sheridan plots Parkhead push after fruitless loan

IRELAND U21 striker Cillian Sheridan hopes to work his way back into the manager's plans at Celtic next month when he completes his unhappy loan spell at Championship strugglers Plymouth Argyle.

Last season Sheridan was on a high after he broke into the first team at Celtic, the Cavan-born striker scoring his first goal for the Bhoys in an SPL win over Hibernian, and he also made three appearances in the Champions League.

At the start of this season Sheridan, 20, was sent out on loan to Plymouth but the move has not gone according to plan for the player or for Argyle as striker Sheridan has yet to score in 13 games for the club and has not started a game since September.

That loan deal expires at the end of this month when Sheridan will return to Glasgow and he's in the dark over his next move.

"I'll go back to Celtic Park when I am finished up here and see what happens. I don't know what the club have planned for me but my plan is still to try and get into the first team at Celtic," Sheridan said.

"It will be up to Celtic what I do next so it's out of my hands, but whatever happens I need to get some games in. I haven't been playing for a good while now. It's a while since I started a game and I have only been playing bits and pieces as a sub for Plymouth, so the move hasn't gone as well as I hoped.

"When I came down here first it was going well. I was getting games and playing well, but I lost my place after a while and things fizzled out for me then," added Sheridan.

"I have 18 months left on my contract at Celtic so it's up to them what happens next. They may want to send me out on loan again next month, maybe to another SPL club, I don't know for sure, or I could end up staying at Parkhead.

"It looks like players will be coming and going at Celtic when the window opens next month. If players do leave it could open up the door for me to get back into the first-team squad, but they might also bring players in so it's hard to know what the manager will decide to do with me."

January will be a busy month for some of the Irish contingent at the Parkhead club. Dubliner Willo Flood has already stated his desire to go out on loan after a frustrating first half of the season, while Darren O'Dea is, like Sheridan, due back at Celtic after a loan spell in the Championship.

O'Dea has been omitted from the Reading side for their last eight games, his most recent appearance coming in the 4-1 defeat to QPR in October.

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