Former Celtic player Jackson Irvine has recently talked about his Parkhead exit.
This came after Irvine appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Open Goal podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving his career and his time at Parkhead. The Australian talked about his stint at the club and the way he left.
Was Deila right to let Irvine leave?
Irvine said that while he did play a bit in pre-season, Deila was very open and honest about him regarding his future.
Irvine told (49:11): “I think it’s kind of funny how timing works out because Neil Lennon left at the end of the season and Ronny Deila came in and that was basically the end of me at Celtic Park. He basically wasn’t interested and at least he was honest with me.
“Just basically said – I’m not in the plans. I still went away, played a couple of pre-season games at the time, was kind of floating around but he just made it clear to me that I wasn’t in the plans at that point, so it was about going out again. I still had two years left on my contract at that time.”
TIF Thoughts on Jackson Irvine…
While Irvine, who is now valued at £2.25 million (as per Transfermarkt), came through the Celtic academy, he failed to become a part of the club’s first-team on a regular basis as he played just once for the Hoops in the Premiership. It has been suggested that there was a time when he seemed to have a big future at the club, around the time when he had featured in a friendly for the club against Liverpool.
Considering that he did end up having a rather thriving career in the Championship and the Premiership, it is perhaps fair to say that Celtic allowed him the platform to do that.