Young Newcastle defender Stuart Findlay (pictured above on the right) says it was an easy decision to leave Celtic and Scottish football behind.

Moving to St James Park as a 20 year old in the summer, the centre-back says it was a ‘no-brainer’ once he heard Newcastle were interested.

A mainstay of the Under 23 set-up this season, Stuart Findlay got his first chance at first team level when Rafa Benitez gave him a start in the 3-1 FA Cup win at St James Park.

Saying ”Nobody I now would have knocked back’ Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez, Findlay is waiting patiently for his next chance.

Rafa Benitez has been determined to improve all levels of the club in his 13 months so far and as well as 12 senior signings last summer, he has recruited extensively below that level.

With very poor recent seasons below first team level, the United boss has tried to raise the quality at both Academy and Under 23 level, with the likes of El-Mhanni and Findlay arriving to go in at Under 23 level, whilst any number of overseas players have been added to the pool of players for both age groups.

With the mess he inherited, it is going to take Rafa a long long time to pull the club up from the malaise of years and years of Ashley neglect and appointments such as Pardew & McClaren compounding the problem.

Stuart Findlay talking to the Shields Gazette:

“My time at Celtic was going a bit stale.

“I wasn’t really getting anywhere and I was coming to a crossroads about what was going to be best for my career. It was obviously time to move on.

“As soon as I heard a team like Newcastle was interested, it was an absolute no-brainer.

“You’re going to jump at the chance to play at such an illustrious club with as great history and under such an impressive manager.

“Nobody I know would’ve knocked that back and I’m glad that I came.

“For a man like Rafa to even select you for a match fills you with a lot of confidence that you didn’t have before – but you can’t dwell on that performance or one good day. It’s about moving on and getting there regularly, not as a one-off.

“That was a massive bonus. And I tried to kick on with the Under-23. It’s just a case of getting stuck in at the age group you’re asked to play at and trying to catch your own coach’s (eye) and helping your team-mates. If that’s the case, you never know.”



  • Steve Smith

    The green weegees would still have you believe they’re the biggest club in britain and that they’d walk the English leagues! Ha!

    • Jezza

      40 years ago Celtic could certainly have held their own in the top division in England but not any more. There is now a huge gulf in the standards between the top divisions in Scotland and England. Shame really that Scottish football is nowhere near as strong as it once was. I remember a time when many of the very best players in English football were Scots but sadly those days are long gone.

      • NUFCLX

        That is right. I think if you look back thru our history the core base of our teams that have won trophies were Scottish.

        • Stessano

          History! ha ha ha ha ok then!! screwball ha ha as i day “likely lads” and “brown ale” THATS IT! OH IN A SMALL BRIDGE THAT COPIES THE SYDNEY HARBOUR! HA HA DREAM ON CLOWN SHOES! CELTIC A TRUE WORLD ICONIC CLUB! YOU FOLKS AINT GOT A CLUE!

          • hetonmag

            Talking about history Hadrian had the best idea !! work it out Dingo.

          • Peter

            Tyne Bridge was opened in 1928
            Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932

          • Jezza

            Fraser Foster left Newcastle for Celtic so he could get the first team football that he wasn’t getting at St James’s Park. As soon as he started to do well at Celtic he left to move on to bigger and better things at Southampton. That’s how big Celtic really are in the great scheme of things. Giants among the Falkirks and Cowdenbeaths of this world no doubt but not that important outside of Scotland.

      • Steve Smith

        40 years ago half time consisted of a pork pie and a cup of tea. 40 years ago is also irrelevant.

        Celtic have a bigger financial advantage over the rest of the spl than any English club does over the rest of the epl .

        SPL winning prize money equates to approx £2.6m, but they will have gained approx £26m or more from the champions league that no other team in that league has access to. It just cements the ire position year on year.

        It’s okay though because they’re probably the highest supported club in Timbuktu or somewhere similar so that means they’d walk our league.

    • Stessano

      ANOTHER HUN! LURKS! WE ARE ONE THE BIGGEST FACT!! YOUR EITHER A HUN OR MAYBE IN FACT MOST LIKELY A MUPPET FAE aberdeen you jelousy!! DONT WORRY WE BIE AWAY FROM YOU LITTLE DIDDY TEAMS SOON ENOUGH COMPLETE JOKE OF A CLUB!! BOTTLED IT AGAIN!! HA HA FROM THE SEVVIES! 3-0 WHAT A RID NECK!! HAIL HAIL CELTIC A TRUE GLOBAL CLUB JUST ASK MESSI, MALDINI, SEEDORF , PIQUE! YOU THINK THEY HAVE HEARD OF “the toon” ha ha Might watched “the likely lads” tho was a good show that in the 70s!! ha ha

  • Peter Robson

    I have a good feeling about this kid !!! I think when he makes the breakthrough, he’s gonna be enormous !!!

  • Stessano

    CELTIC ONE THE BIGGEST MOST ICONIC CLUBS IN WORLD FOOTBALL WITH A BACK STORY TO BOOT newcastle?! “the likely lads” and brown ale” in thats it!!1 history ha ha i crack the jokes! CELTIC HAVE A SUPPORTERS CLUB next to st. james park and have thousands of fans everywhere in enguuurrrland! and THE WORLD!! I LIVE IN SYDNEY IN WILL BLOW ALL THE REALLY WE SUPPOSEDLY BIG CLUBS AWAY OVER HERE LATIN ONES TO!! WE MAY PLAY IN “BRIGADOON! BUT THAT EVEN SHOWS HOW BIG WE ARE WE FILL ALL THESE PLASTIC CLUBS STADIUMS FOR THEM! ANYTIME WE PLAY THEM! The Bhoy wasnt good enough! end off in made a few quid yeh in thats why he made that stupid comment! “anybody i know” HA HA HAI HAIL IN BRENDAN WE TRUST! MAKE MEAN A TREBLE!! CELTIC CLUB LIKE NO OTHER!!

    • NUFCLX

      Can someone De-cypher This gibberish

    • Kneebotherm8

      You talking about a TREBLE, I take it you mean Scottish League,Cup and League cup. That’s got to be a bare minimum for Celtic,given the rank mediocrity of the teams you’re playing against up in Scotland. At least once upon a time you had a wee bit of competition from Rangers, but that’s not been there for a few years.

  • The Vicar

    Now let’s just see,
    1. Stitch up Rangers so we have no opposition – check
    2. Have five times the revenue of any other club in the league – check
    3. Hire a manager who has been kicked out of the EPL but wants to think his current team is as good – check
    4. Find the caps lock button – check
    5. Now close our eyes and let’s pretend