4 promising Celtic talents earn Scotland youth call-up; 3 free games for fans

By Euan Davidson

March 9, 2022

4 Celtic Academy talents, and 2 you might have seen recently, have been called up to represent the Scotland U17s squad.

The next international break comprises of some stern tests for Brian McLaughlin’s side. Czech Republic, Germany and Georgia all come to face Scotland between the 23rd and 29th of March [SFA].

Ben Doak, Josh Dede, Magnus Mackenzie and Rory Mahady were all selected by McLaughlin, with all but one player coming from a Scottish youth set-up. Doak, of course, has made his Celtic debut, and even got a cameo appearance against Rangers in a 3-0 win.

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Josh Dede, a regular in the Celtic B Team of late, has been excellent for Tommy McIntyre. A right-back unafraid of taking players on and driving forwards, he’s given the right flank some real verve in the Lowland League. He also featured today, in Celtic B’s win over Partick Thistle in the City of Glasgow Cup.

The best part? Each of the games are free. The Falkirk Stadium will play host to all three matches, and fans can get in for absolutely nothing.

McLaughlin’s side are in the final stages of qualifying for the UEFA Under-17 Championships in Israel. That tournament begins in the middle of May.

Meanwhile in the U21s, just the one Celtic talent has made the selection. Stephen Welsh has been picked by Scot Gemmill to face Turkey and Kazakhstan, with the first of those games being played at Tynecastle.

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Celtic B Team and Academy players getting Scotland nods is always a good thing

What a season it’s been for Ben Doak.

It was in the Scotland U17s where the winger really made himself known to Celtic supporters. Fans raved about his performance against Wales in September. His constant running and ability to finish had Scotland fans searching for more information.

Luckily for us, it became quickly apparent to those out of the loop that Doak was, indeed, a Celtic Academy talent. He’s since broke into the first-team, and it seems likely that big clubs outside Scotland are keeping tabs on the winger.

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Dede (pictured), too, has shown his class. There’s plenty to be excited about in terms of talent coming through the Celtic Academy, especially for future Scotland prospects.

Now there’s a proper structure in place to ensure a pathway between youth teams and the first-team. Not only that, the B Team play with the kind of attacking swagger that shows the fruit of sharing resources and knowledge. It beats hoping for outliers.

Hopefully, just as Doak made an impact for Scotland U17s, we’ll know more about Mackenzie and Mahaday by the end of March.

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