Tyler Blackett joins Celtic on season-long loan

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Manchester United have confirmed that defender Tyler Blackett has joined Scottish champions Celtic on a season-long loan deal. 

As reported by the club's official site, Blackett, who featured on 12 occasions for the Red Devils last season, will now depart Old Trafford on a temporary basis. 

The versatile defender, of course, impressed on the first-team scene at times last term, but will now be hoping to secure regular first-team football in Scotland's elite division. 


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In fact, Blackett will be expecting to prove his credentials on the European scene, too, with Ronny Deila's side set to feature in the Europa League this term after failing to qualify for the Champions League. 

The talented defender will also link up with former United teammate Saidy Janko, who joined Celtic permanently earlier this summer. 

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Fine in defence 

It's not entirely surprising that the Manchester United hierarchy have offloaded Blackett on a short-term basis. 

With versatile Dutchman Daley Blind now in defence, Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal now has more options at his disposal, as the club go in search of success on both the domestic and European scene this season. 

Of course, United also have England international Chris Smalling, who appears to be in the form of his life, while the duo of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo will no doubt return sooner rather than later. 

Manchester United fans: Is the decision to send Blackett out on loan the right one? Have your say below! 

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