TFC, Celtic 'working out' De Ro loan deal

GARETH WHEELER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

Dwayne De Rosarios stay in Scotland may last a little longer.

Sources close to the situation say Celtic, the Glasgow-based side De Rosario has been training with for the past fortnight, wants to sign the Canadian International on a short-term loan deal until the start of the Major League Soccer season.

No details of the possible loan deal were given, as one source indicates Celtic and Toronto FC are working things out. Toronto FC isnt making any comment at this time.

De Rosarios stay at Celtic is set to end Friday if terms of a loan deal cannot be agreed upon. Celtic are keen to bring in attacking reinforcements as soon as possible, having reached a congested part of their schedule. The Scottish Premier League leaders play two games a week for the next month.

Celtic has shown interest in multiple strikers and other attacking options in the transfer window, with TFCs top goal-scorer being one of them. And as Celtics stalemate continues with Danish side Brann Bergen over the valuation of forward Erik Huseklepp, De Rosario looks like an alternative, short-term option.

As is the case with past MLS players on loan, theres a chance De Rosario could miss the first game or two of the new season if he joins the Hoops. So if a loan deal is agreed upon, it wouldnt be far-fetched to think De Rosario would miss Torontos season opener in Vancouver against the expansion Whitecaps, March 19th.

Whether or not Toronto will allow De Rosario to leave on loan is another story altogether. Despite their differences, Toronto continues to insist De Rosario will be wearing Red come the start of the new season.

Toronto FC opens training camp in just two short weeks and with a roster short in numbers, its unlikely Toronto would let their best player miss all-important preparation time and acclimatization period with the new coaching and managerial staff.

Between the long-term ACL/MCL injury to 18-year old Nicholas Lindsay and Designated Player Julian de Guzman sidelined for an unspecified period of time recovering from knee surgery of his own, Toronto FC finds itself extremely short on squad numbers. Only 15 healthy players, including De Rosario are on the current senior roster, with three players being goalkeepers. And two of the other counted players; centre-backs Nana Attakora and Adrian Cann remain in contractual limbo.

But if Toronto is thinking about walking away from De Rosario and starting with anew with a clean slate, a loan deal could be the first step to cutting ties.

And considering the way sections of the Toronto media and fan-base have hit out at De Rosario for perceived selfish actions over the last six months, the Scarborough native may prefer to be abroad, pursuing other professional goals anyway.

If De Rosario and Toronto FC are still in fact committed to one another in this new era at the club, a loan deal seems a reasonable compromise, appeasing De Rosario, who still has not been given the long-term, guaranteed contract hes asked for from the club.


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