Lawson Staying With Celtic

Last updated : 06 December 2005 By Kevin Smith
Celtic youngster Paul Lawson today signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2008.

The 21-year-old is the current Captain of the reserve side, and has had a small taste of first team action this season. Lawson played against Leeds Utd in the pre-season friendly and has made substitute appearances against Dunfermline in the SPL and Falkirk in the CIS Cup.

From watching Lawson in several reserve matches this season, I can understand why Gordon Strachan has wanted to keep the midfielder at the club for the forseeable future.

The manager said, "Paul is coming along great and we are delighted to be able to reward him with this new extension to his contract. Paul can see other young players such as Aiden McGeady, Stephen McManus, Ross Wallace and Shaun Maloney doing well in training and reserve matches and being given a chance in the first-team, and he knows he certainly has that same opportunity."

After signing the deal, Lawson is obviously greatful at getting the extension, but his feet seem firmly on the ground.

He said, "It was great to be offered one. I felt I’ve done quite well this year, obviously I’ve still got a way to go, but the manager has shown a bit of faith in me by offering this new deal. "

Lawson helped Celtic's Reserves to a 2-0 victory away to Motherwell today.