Owen Moffat’s First Interview

Owen Moffat’s footballing journey has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, filled with dreams, ambitions, and a strong desire to make a name for himself in the world of professional football. As he embarks on a new chapter with Dunfermline Athletic, the 21-year-old reflected on his path from Celtic to Blackpool and back to Scotland.

Last Friday, Moffat arrived on loan from Blackpool, and in the blink of an eye, he found himself making his debut the very next day in a 1-1 draw against Inverness. It’s a move that carries significant weight for the young Scotsman, who had initially left Celtic, a club that had been his footballing home since the tender age of seven, to seek new horizons at Blackpool.

Moffat’s time at Bloomfield Road primarily saw him honing his skills within the development squad. However, the opportunity to return to Scotland and embrace fresh opportunities eventually came knocking. 

“Towards the end of last season, I didn’t really get many minutes with the first team, many opportunities,” Owen explained. The conversation that followed with his coach, Stephen Dobbie, sowed the seeds for his journey back home.

“As soon as he said that, I thought about Dunfermline, because of my friends here – Ewan Otoo and Ben Summers. Obviously, Ben signed later on, but Ewan was always telling me about how big the club was, how good it was, and since I’ve come in, I’ve loved it.”

What makes this move even more special is that reunion with his old friend and fellow player, Ewan Otoo. Both players had been teammates at Celtic, sharing a journey that began at the age of nine. “I was in the same team as Ewan since I was nine, we’ve been at high school together, so I’ve known him for a good 10 years at least,” Moffat fondly recalled.

Their friendship extended beyond the pitch, even when Moffat left Celtic, as he stayed in touch with Otoo. Ewan’s move to Dunfermline in February 2023 played a significant role in Owen’s decision to don the Dunfermline jersey. “I always knew that it was a big club, and then I was speaking to him for the first few weeks of the window, and he was saying, ‘do you think it’ll happen? Do you know what’s going on?’. I was like ‘I don’t really know’, and I think the gaffer had spoken to him and asked about me, what I was like as a player, and it moved on from there.”

“I did have other options. I was in training with Hamilton for a week, and I’d played a game with them, but I knew there was a possibility of Dunfermline being interested.  It progressed on that Dunfermline wanted me to come in and train. I’d spoken to Hamilton and told them that. They were aware of that before I went there that Dunfermline were interested. Then I came here, trained, and as soon as I came here, I wanted to get it done because I loved it.  I really enjoyed it since the moment I stepped in. The boys have been really nice with me.”

Leaving a club like Celtic is undoubtedly a serious decision for any young player. He had developed under the watchful eyes of dedicated academy coaches, Owen was full of praise for them:-

“I can’t really speak highly enough of the coaches at Celtic to be honest with you. They were all brilliant; guys like Martin Miller, Greig Robertson, Michael O’Halloran – obviously, his son’s here now, so I travel in with him in the morning – and Darren O’Dea.”

Owen got a taste of first team football at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou and so leaving Celtic was not easy.  “It was crazy. Growing up as a Celtic fan, it was unreal,” Moffat reminisced. His journey included moments like his debut against Ross County and playing in the League Cup final.

“Looking back, it’s one of those where you think, was it the right decision? Could I have gone to Dunfermline last year, because the manager said?”

Moffat’s desire to test his skills and expand his horizons led him to Blackpool where he signed a three year deal in the summer of 2022. Yet, life can take unexpected turns, and Moffat now joins Dunfermline with the objective of playing first team football. 

“I’m just buzzing to be here and I can’t wait to play out there at East End Park,” he remarked. Comparing training experiences at Dunfermline to those at Blackpool and Celtic, Moffat recognises the step up in intensity and competition. “To be honest, it’s a much better level from where I’d been training because I’d been with the reserves at Blackpool,” he says. He’s determined to establish himself as a first-team player, gain valuable first-team experience and return a better player.

Moffat’s debut for Dunfermline in the 1-1 draw against Inverness Caley Thistle left a mark, with his dazzling skills catching the eye of fans and teammates alike. His description of the game reflects his enthusiasm and passion for the game:-

“I really enjoyed the game at the weekend. Obviously, second half when I came on, it felt like we had quite a foothold in the game, and then we got the goal from the corner. It was quick, we worked something, and it was just instinctive, really, to go and get the ball off Joe Chalmers because I knew there wasn’t a guy next to me.

“I had a chance later on, probably should’ve put it away. It was a throw-in, then the ball fell to me, and I just remember dribbling. I wasn’t even thinking about it, then the guy came sliding in, and I’m sure I chopped inside. The keeper was one side, the defender was the other, and it was just a split-second decision. I went to the keeper’s side and I think I hit it too clean. I think if I’d sclaffed it, it probably would’ve went in!”

The skill that Owen showed to beat four players will excite Dunfermline fans and he is keen to show what he can do. Owen said:-

“That’s what I want to do. Probably my strengths are creating, making things happen, dribbling and getting shots off. I’m really looking forward to doing that more.

“I want to come back up here and show everyone what I can do every week, and express myself. I’m feeling really confident and I’m doing well in training I feel, so that’s exactly what I want to do.”

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