3 youngsters impress as Celtic B win on live season ticket holder broadcast
Celtic youngsters Ben Summers and Joey Dawson were on the scoresheet for Celtic B this afternoon as they beat Caledonian Braves 2-0 in the Scottish Lowland Football League.
Both goals came in the first half, with Summers capitalising on excellent Ben Wylie skill in the box and Dawson managing to round the opposition goalkeeper and slot it home. It’s Celtic B’s sixth victory in a row.
The match was a fantastic opportunity for supporters to check on the progress of the youth players, with Celtic broadcasting the fixture live on the Pass To Paradise service for season ticket holders.
I had a pleasant afternoon tuning in, getting a taste of Celtic action with the first team currently in the midst of their winter break.
Actually, I was impressed too. Not just with certain individuals, but the overall team performance. It really does seem like the tactics and philosophy of manager Ange Postecoglou is dripping down to the B side.
Every player approached the game with freedom and attacking intent, relentlessly pushing for goals throughout the 90 minutes.
For me, Summers was the man of the match. Given a central attacking midfield role, he was the orchestrator for much of the match, consistently threatening Caley on the counter-attacker. On the evidence of today, the 17-year-old looks a fine prospect.
He’ll have to do it more consistently to get truly excited. His game time has mostly come from the bench this season, but today’s performance won’t have done his chances of more football any harm at all.
Summer signing Dawson getting on the scoresheet was pleasing too, after a confidence-boosting spell with the senior side over the festive period.
Another standout was Northern Ireland youth international Ben Wylie, who continued his excellent campaign with an accomplished performance in the first half. He has the right stuff in midfield too and is surely on the path towards being spotted by Ange.
Overall there’s lots to be happy about with the B side right now and if you get an opportunity to watch them over the coming months then take it!