TIMOTHY WEAH'S loan deal was cut short by Celtic yesterday afternoon because he refused to play for the club in the Scottish Cup final.

It is understood that Celtic and USA Under-20 manager Tab Ramos had agreed a compromise which would have enabled the 19-year-old striker to play for his country and assist Celtic in their quest for an historic treble treble.

Ramos had invited Weah to a training camp in the immediate aftermath of this weekend’s game against Rangers at Ibrox to begin preparations for the USA’s impending World Cup campaign.

Celtic were prepared to allow Weah to head off and in return Ramos had given permission for Weah to then head back to Glasgow the week before the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 25, and miss America’s opening game against Ukraine which will take place the night before in the Miejski stadium in Poland.

The idea was that Weah would be given a full week’s training with his Parkhead team-mates ahead of the cup final and would then have left immediately after the match to rejoin the USA Under-20 colleagues to prepare for their games against Nigeria and Qatar.

As he left Celtic yesterday afternoon, Weah aimed a dig at Celtic interim boss Neil Lennon on his way out.

“I will be joining my national team to participate in the U20 World Cup. With this decision, the gaffer told me it is in the best interests of the team that I collect my things and go home rather than be a part of the game on Sunday so I’ll be on my way,” Weah posted on his Instagram account.

However, it is understood it was Weah himself who knocked back the chance to return for the Scottish Cup final, saying he wanted to remain with his international colleagues.

Such an attitude was deemed to show a lack of commitment to the club by Lennon who has prematurely ended his loan spell.

Weah started last week’s title winning game at Pittodrie as Celtic clinched their eighth successive title. The teenager scored four goals for Celtic following his arrival at the beginning of the January transfer window.

“I still have a lot of growing up to do in my game,” said Weah in his social media post. “I am especially thankful to the Celtic family for giving me the opportunity to show you all what I am capable of doing once given the chance. I want to thank my team-mates for supporting me every step of the way. Thanks so much to Celtic FC and to you the fans for accepting me.”

His words are unlikely to be well received after his decision to snub the club’s vital Scottish Cup final.