Academy starlet Owen Moffat spotted in senior Celtic training session

By Euan Davidson

April 20, 2021

Celtic youngster Owen Moffat has been spotted in first-team training ahead of the midweek clash with Aberdeen.

Moffat, who signed a new contract at the start of January, joined the first-team for training, with John Kennedy surely assessing his striking options.

On Sunday, Odsonne Edouard was poor, while Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti couldn’t make a mark. In a game where Celtic had plenty of chances, to end scoreless was a massive disappointment. It’s been a season of fits and starts up front for the Bhoys, with Edouard far beyond his direct competition.

But even then, by his own lofty standards, French Eddy hasn’t been himself. Granted, he’s scored 20 goals in all competitions this season [Transfermarkt]. Still, Celtic will have expected more from the talented French youngster. Therefore, John Kennedy has assessed the club’s Academy in hopes of answers.

Owen Moffat, who has impressed for Celtic youth sides this season, will be looking to build on his performances outside the first-team. The Bhoys are short on youthful attacking talent, with Jonathan Afolabi out on loan. Equally, little is known about the first-team viability of wingers Armstrong Okoflex and Karamoko Dembélé.

Jack Aitchison was the last great academy striking hopeful / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

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It’d be putting ridiculous pressure on Moffat to ask him to be a game-changer tomorrow night. Hopefully, if he is named in the squad, he’ll get an easy debut with a win secured.

Yet, you feel like that’s not going to be the story. Tomorrow has all the makings of a tense affair in the North East, with new Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass eager to take names in his first big managerial job. A win against a wounded Celtic side would be a big deal for the young manager, especially with Scott Brown set to join him in the summer.

So, maybe the ideal scenario is one in which a Celtic youngster comes on late in a game and scores a winner. It’s a little Hollywood, sure, but wouldn’t it be a bit of respite?

In any event, it seems obvious that Kennedy will use his last 4 games as Celtic interim boss to hand out opportunities to hard-working Academy players.

That’s no bad thing at all.

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