Ferry targets first-team spot with Bhoys

Simon Ferry volleyed Celtic reserves to the league championship for the eighth time in a row – then vowed to fight for a first-team place next season.

The 21-year-old midfielder is back to full fitness after being out for the best part of two and half years with an ankle injury.

There were no signs of rustiness yesterday when his 70th-minute strike against Old Firm rivals Rangers at Ibrox once more took the title back to Parkhead.

Manager Gordon Strachan has drafted Ferry into a few squads in recent months as a reward for his tenacity and performances in training but he is now looking to make a claim for a first-team spot next season.

“It felt brilliant to score that goal, it was a great ending to the day,” Ferry said.

“I’ve been back training for three months now and I’ve used this season to get fit.

“I didn’t think I was going to play so to come back and play five games and get in a few (first-team) squads has been great.

“Gordon Strachan has been really encouraging and hearing some of the things he has said to me has given me a massive lift and, come pre-season, I will be trying to get in the team and play.”

Ferry, though, will be guided by the advice of Strachan.

He said: “I’ve been at Celtic since I was 11, so it’s a long time.

“I will speak to the manager at the beginning of the season and if he thinks I should go out on loan then I will listen to him.

“If he thinks I will challenge for a place then I will stay.

“But if I can stay fit then I feel I am ready to play.”

More in this Section

Haringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuseHaringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuse

Guardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at PalaceGuardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at Palace

Ballintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late pointsBallintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late points

East Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fireEast Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fire


Lifestyle

'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

More From The Irish Examiner