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Celtic defender makes loan move

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Robbie Deas has joined Alloa on loan for the full season.

The defender put in an impressive 90 minutes alongside Stephen Welsh against Queens Park on Tuesday night in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup then caught up with Peter Grant to sign up for the Championship club.

Deas spent last season on loan at Cowdenbeath but will now be facing up to both Dundee clubs, Dunfermline, Partick Thistle and the other promotion chasers in the second tier of Scottish football.

Peter Grant took over from Jim Goodwin at Alloa during the summer and was delighted to get the central defender in on loan.

I think it is important for us, he is a young man, who has a Celtic background, but the most important thing for me was his period on loan to Cowdenbeath last season,” Grant told the Alloa website. “I had watched him last season, accidentally as it was and I could see he had a bit about him, I was impressed with him because he is a good defender first and foremost and can be a threat in the opposition box.

I have probably seen him on ten or more occasions now at all different levels with Scotland, with Celtic in Europe league games and I think he will add something to our group he gives us that balance being able to play with his left foot and can play left centre back which is important to give us the balance we are looking for.”

With Alloa being part-time Deas will continue to train with Celtic alongside his duties with the Championship side who face Morton tomorrow after opening their campaign with a home draw against Partick Thistle.

Ross Doohan is the only other young Celt out on loan but other deals are expected to be completed before the end of the month.

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