JASON Marr has left Falkirk and returned to Celtic.
The defender's loan deal expired on Monday and he reported back
to Lennoxtown on Tuesday.
He learned his fate in a meeting with boss Steven Pressley
immediately after playing a ?ve minute cameo role in the
demolition of Stirling Albion on Saturday.
Then, Marr told Heraldsport he was sad to be leaving the club.
"I'd like to stay, and its been a great experience, and I just want
to keep going and get as many games as I can.
"The manager told me after the game I was going back to Celtic
on Tuesday, but hopefully I'll be back.
"There is a great group of boys round the club, the fans and
everyone involved behind the scenes are great - it's all been
great and I'd really like to stay."
Boss Steven Pressley is equally disappointed to see Marr go, but
insists all is not lost.
"We'd obviously like to keep Jason, but ?nancially it is very
dif?cult. We've spoken to Celtic about the situation and, if they
feel it would be in the player's best interests to come back then
we'd love to have him.
"But at the moment that doesn't look like happenning but we will
monitor the situation throughout the month, even though it doesn't
look too positive.
"Obviously with Jason moving back means Kieran Duf?e has a
chance to show us more of what he can do, and he's one player we
have high, high hopes for.
"Sometimes you forget he is only 18."
Duf?e started Saturday's match against Stirling, but was replaced
by Marr in the closing stages.
It almost paved the way for a farewell goal as the replacement
right-back raced into unfamiliar territory in the opposite penalty
box, but Callum Reidford smothered his shot.
"The goal I scored against Queen of the South was my
highlight because I don't get the chance very often.
"I thought I was on another one - in what might be my last game for Falkirk - I went right through but I was saying to the guys in the dressing room, I'm never through on goal so had a bit of a panic and a bit of a nosebleed!
"I have thoroughly enjoyed all my time here though and Falkirk can get promotion. The club has the right players and the
right coaching staff, I think they de?nitely can do it."
Although Marr harbours hopes of a return to the club, his
departure doesn't free any cash for alternatives to be drafted in,
though Tam McManus will stay with the Bairns for the rest of the
As Heraldsport revealed last week, an offer has been made to the forward, but a virus has stopped him signing it this week.
However, he is expected to put pen to paper and extend his deal
to the end of the season.
Carl Finnigan is also suffering from a virus that kept him out of
the team's last two matches, but aside from the striking pair, and
the departed Marr, Pressley has the whole squad to choose from
for Saturday's match with Partick.