Ben Summers names focus of improvement that bodes well for Celtic future

By Giuseppe Labellarte

March 2, 2023

Celtic prodigy Ben Summers has told the official club website what he hopes to add to his game.

The 18-year-old was speaking to Celtic TV in wake of his goalscoring display against Queen’s Park in the Glasgow Cup. Summers displayed fine footwork on the edge of the area before rifling into the bottom corner in the 37th minute.

Tsoanelo Letsosa then secured the victory in the final moments of Tuesday’s game at Lennoxtown.

Summers marked his first Glasgow Cup appearance of the season with a goal. His effort helped Celtic B make it four wins in a row in all competitions.

Summers’ goal against the Scottish Championship side was also his first since late January. Prior to that effort, he netted in the 2-2 draw with East Kilbride.

As a Celtic midfielder, there is an expectation to contribute in front of goal. And Summers said he is looking to improve on that front and add more goal contributions to his name.

“It’s something I need to add to my game, it’s more goals and assists,” he said. “I’ve spoken with the coaches about it.

“I think in that position, on the edge of the penalty area, I can sometimes take an extra touch and try to look for an extra pass.

“But this time, I was just focusing on getting my shots away. I had a few shots in the second half, which I maybe should have finished. But it’s always something I can look to improve on.”

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Ben Summers part of potential breakthrough group

Summers continues to go from strength to strength for Celtic B, showing he’s one of the top talents in the academy.

He’s yet to make his senior debut for the Bhoys, but he’s certainly in that small group of B team regulars who could go on to make a breakthrough with the first-team over the next year.

Indeed, he was even namechecked by Ange Postecoglou in January as someone who could start to make a senior impact over the next 12 months.

If he can start stringing together goalscoring form alongside his all-round midfield game, his chances of that will only increase.