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Partick Thistle’s youngest ever player makes Premier League switch

Partick Thistle youth gem, Ceiran Loney, has sealed a deal which will see a move to Merseyside as he joins Everton for an undisclosed fee.

The 2008-born striker broke a record at Partick Thistle after being the youngest ever player to play within the men’s first team at age 16 after bagging himself 22 minutes on the pitch. Loney has decided to take the move after spending seven years at Partick this leg after joining the youth academy when he was nine years old.

According to ‘The Thistle Archive’ who stated: “The Thistle media team later revealed that, on the morning of the game, Loney had sat his National 5 maths exam.”

The striker signed off in the best way possible after a 3-0 win over Dundee U16’s in the CAS League Cup Final back in May. Loney netted a headed goal in the victory and successfully closed his account with the club after lifting his final piece of silverware with Partick Thistle.

Loney managed to achieve the Player of The Year Award at U11s back in 2018, he later jumped up to join the U13s around this time too, including appearances for the U18s at just 14 Years old!

Partick Thistle Academy Director spoke about the striker on the clubs website. He said: “We’re all extremely proud of Loney both as a footballer and as a young person as he begins the next chapter of his journey at the Everton Academy, a truly excellent place for him to continue his development.

“Throughout his seven years at the Partick Thistle Youth Academy Ceiran has been a superstar, not only through his abilities on the pitch but also thanks to his natural leadership qualities, his commitment to training and learning and the way he has always supported his teammates.

“He is a shining example of what can be achieved at the Partick Thistle Youth Academy and will always be warmly welcomed back at both the club and academy.”

Loney also spoke to Partick Thistle in an exclusive interview where he reflected on his experiences at the club: “Since I came in at age nine, coming in as a little guy who was new to football and really enjoyed it, all the coaches made it very easy for me to settle in and I’ve just loved playing football for the club.”

Speaking of his progression, he added: “You’re always looking up to the first team as a youth player, seeing what they are doing and I knew the pathway was always there, it was just the forward steps to get into the first team and I’m glad I took that.”

Loney made his debut towards the end of the season against Dundee United becoming the youngest ever men’s team player to represent Partick Thistle.

“It was a fully packed stadium and coming on at 16 years old is crazy actually being on the pitch, it’s one thing being in the stadium but actually playing on the pitch was next level, obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted (Dundee Utd 4-1 Partick Thistle) but it was still a great experience”

Ceiran also expressed his excitement about his ambitions and moving down to join the Merseyside club and is hoping to get started straight away;

“Excitement is an understatement of course moving in soon, beginning preseason and kicking on with the season. Hopefully, I’ll score some goals”

Loney also discussed how he feels about the coaches in the club who helped him develop “I think coming in with past coaches who have played football as well like Mark Wilson coming in from the last year, I think he’s had a really positive impact on me because of his past experience having played at a top level”

You can watch the full exclusive interview by clicking here.

Everyone here at YFS wishes the best of luck to Cieran on his new journey at the toffees and hopes for the best for the striker

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