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Fiacre move helped by Lisbon Lion

Thu 28 Jul 2016

 

Fiacre Kelleher has admitted his loan move to Peterhead was instigated by Celtic legend John Clark, a member of the Hoops' famous European Cup winning Lisbon Lions team.

The young Irishman this week joined the Blue Toon until January and made an immediate impact, starring in the Betfred League Cup win over Dundee.

The 20 year old believes regular football with Jim McInally's side will give him the necessary exposure and experience and help him return to Parkhead an improved player.

Kelleher said: “John Clark, who is the kit man at Celtic, phoned Jim and told him that I was available and was willing to go out on loan.”

“Jim then got in contact with my agent and the move went from there so I was happy to sign. I like the way Peterhead play so it will be good for me.”

“This move is a learning curve for me and, with the help of Jim, hopefully I can learn my trade here a bit more and go back to Celtic a better standard of player. That is what I am hoping to do.”

“Celtic will be keeping an eye on me, watching a few games especially when Peterhead are down around Glasgow so it will be good for me to get the exposure.”

Hours after meeting his new team-mates, the Cork-born defender was handed his first senior appearance against Paul Hartley’s men.

However, he handled the baptism of fire admirably and is now targeting an extended run in the team.

Kelleher, whose younger brother Caoimhin is on Liverpool’s books, continued: “That debut was what I was hoping for really.”

“I wanted to come here and make a bit of an impression and, with helping the team win, hopefully I did so.”

“I think the game suited me as we were asked to do a lot of defending, which is my strength.”

“I have been used to playing in the development league with Celtic so that was my first real introduction into the men’s game and I thought I handled it well enough.”

“It was a good start for me and I now want to kick on from here.”

 

By Glenn Moir