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Former Celtic midfielder joins Ytterhogdals

Ben Wylie has joined Swedish Second Division side Ytterhogdals who are coached by former Partick Thistle winger Tommy Stewart.

The midfielder took the rarely used route from Linfield to Celtic in 2018 after leaving school but found himself in the perfect storm of no recognised post-Academy football compounded by Lockdown.

In season 21/22 he was the most creative player in Celtic’s B team competing in the Lowland League, a level that he was clearly a cut above.

Last summer he joined Airdrie on loan but after a couple of substitute appearances his loan was cut short, returning to Celtic to see out the remainder of his contract.

After a period of uncertainty he has got fixed up in Sweden with Jobs4football reporting:

UEFA A Head Coach Thomas Stewart embraced a new challenge when he took the Head Coach role at Swedish side Ytterhogdals. At the mid way point of the season, Jobs4football caught up with Thomas to get an update on the club and his own progression.

Here is what Thomas had to say:

“Since the return of the players after the break, we have had another few players leave and some new acquisitions. This has been a familiar theme throughout the season but I feel confident we have players that will now enhance what we already have been building here in Ytterhogdal, Sweden.”

Not only are the club building on the pitch, Thomas has used his football network to secure some quality signings that will add value on and off the pitch for the second half of the season. He highlighted, “I am delighted with some of the names that have signed, with previous experiences playing for Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur respectively. I look forward to the games ahead and believe we can have a good second half of the season and reach the targets within the group.”

Eddie Carrington has also joined Ytterhogdals from Spurs with three English players already in the squad.

Wylie will attract some extra attention due to having Celtic on his CV, given an even share of the breaks and dedication he can get his career back on track.

Stewart, a good pal of Niall McGinn, has had an interesting playing career that also touched down at Sacramento Republic, Derry City, Ottowa Fury, Dundalk, Wolves and Larne.

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