Tyler Blackett focused on developing his game at Celtic

by Leo Nieboer

Tyler Blackett says his focus lies primarily in maximising his development as a player during his loan spell with Celtic.

The 21-year-old, who is seeking more game time, joined the Glasgow club on a season long loan last week.

Blackett impressed Louis van Gaal during the manager’s pre-season tour with the club last year, earning himself a place in Manchester United’s starting XI for the first five games of the 2014/15 campaign. However, a red card against Leicester significantly thwarted his involvement with the first-team for the remainder of the season.

Speaking on his move, the Mancunian noted the significance of this upcoming opportunity with the Scottish Champions in terms of his development.

“To play games every week is something I’m trying to do and hopefully I’ll get that here,” said Blackett.

“He said it would be good for me, good experience and to get the games that I couldn’t get at United right now.

“It will be good for my development. Competitive football at such a good club like Celtic is a plus.

“United is a big worldwide club, it’s always difficult for younger players. Hopefully this can be a platform for me here.

“I spoke to the manager and said I wanted to play first-team football so to come to a good club like Celtic is the right step forward.

“I’m just focused on my position here and I just want to do well personally and see what comes.”

Blackett’s assuredness and bravery on the ball during his stint in the first team was something Man United fans appreciated. His red card against Leicester was brutally untimely, since his notable progression was abruptly halted after that incident.

While Blackett is an undoubtedly promising prospect, several aspects of his game continue to require some fine tuning. His overly relaxed style and questionable tackling ability got him into trouble at certain moments last season but hopefully regular football for a side expected to win every week will help eradicate these concerns.

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