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Celtic lose dashing duo

Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

idan Tinney (left) and Tom Niccols (right) shared an embrace in the changerooms following their final match for Celtic on Sunday. idan Tinney (left) and Tom Niccols (right) shared an embrace in the changerooms following their final match for Celtic on Sunday.

By Ethan James

Celtic soccer club bid farewell to two players in style with a 4-2 win over Alma at the weekend. 

Aidan Tinney and Tom Niccols both played their last matches for the green and whites in the round five win. 

Tinney, who works as a dentist for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, managed to land a goal in his swansong. 

“It was a nice way to finish off,” he said.

“It was an even match, they passed the ball well in the first half and then just run out of steam in the second.

“I was happy with the performance.”

The speedy Scotsman has played for Celtic for the past year-and-a-half but is leaving town to explore the World Cup in Brazil before moving to Muswellbrook for work.

Tinney describes his playing style as “competitive” and isn’t one to avoid the niggle when out on the field.

But it’s all in good taste, according to the man himself.

“I enjoy the banter ... sometimes you’ll beat a man and get a free kick and other times it will go against you,” he said. 

“But it’s part of the game and I always have a smile when I’m out on the football pitch no matter what is happening.

“Because there is only four teams you build up a relationship and you know who you’ve kicked and who is going to give you one back,” he laughed. 

Since moving to Broken Hill, Tinney has grown fond of the far west. 

“I love the people and I love the weather,” he said. 

“Broken Hill is what you make of it and if you go out and peruse things and get involved then the town will embrace you.

“You go home for work, have something to eat, put on your shoes and join a club.

“There’s everything you need if you go looking for it.

“I’m sad to be leaving but I’m going to the World Cup, so I can’t complain.” 

Tinney is hopeful of making it back to town for the finals if work permits. 

“It has been great to play with ‘Tommy Nips’ and we both wish the club best for the rest of the season,” he said. 

“We’ve been building over the last few years and all the teams seem to be on a fairly even playing field this year.”

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