Herron flies in to Pool

John Herron
John Herron
  • Versatile midfielder pens two-year deal
  • 21-year-old has been with Celtic since age of seven
  • Herron has played alongside Clark Robertson in international football
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Blackpool have made Scotland under-21 midfielder John Herron their fifth signing of the summer.

The 21-year-old joins on a two-year deal.

I had a lot of other options in Scotland and England, including in The Championship

John Herron

He has spent his entire career at Celtic where he made two appearances.

This season he spent a spell on loan in the Scottish Championship, at Cowdenbeath, where he made five appearances, picking up three bookings.

Herron’s Celtic debut came at the age of 18, coming on as an 83rd minute substitute in a 4-0 victory over Ross County.

His only other appearance for the Scottish champions was more than a year-ago, making his first start in a 3-3 draw at Motherwell.

The Coatbridge born midfielder, who can play anywhere across the centre of the park, has also been capped twice for Scotland.

And he revealed he turned down interest from Championship clubs to join the Seasiders.

Herron said: “After I spoke to the manager it was the only place I wanted to come.

I had a lot of other options in Scotland and England, including in The Championship, but after hearing the progression the manager wants, for me it was the only place to come.”

Moving south of the border is a step into the unknown for Herron, who has been at Celtic Park since primary school.

“I’ve been at Celtic since I was seven,” he said.

“But it’s a different situation here and I’m here to win games.

“It’s a new challenge, I want to progress and help Blackpool, and hopefully Blackpool can help me.”

Herron’s arrival brings to five the number of players captured by new boss Neil McDonald - who has five days left to build a squad before the Seasiders return for pre-season on Monday.

That number includes two goalkeepers, Kyle Letheren and Colin Doyle as well as midfielder Brad Potts and defender Clark Robertson - who has played alongside Herron for Scotland.