Celtic Academy talent Owen Moffat still can't believe he's scored for the Bhoys
Pre-season friendlies aren’t the be all and end all, but trying telling Celtic Academy graduate Owen Moffat they don’t matter.
Fire-haired attacker Moffat scored a sumptuous goal to put the Bhoys 2-1 up against Sheffield Wednesday. Ajeti and Edouard scored the others, but it was Moffat who came away with the plaudits.
Utilised on the right-wing, the Celtic striker showed flashes of excellent technique. His goal was a fine example; the ball came to him on an awkward bounce, but his tidy finish gave the Owls keeper no chance.
Speaking to supporters through Instagram, Moffat described how good that goal felt. He said [Celtic Instagram]:
“It’s still no really sunk in that I’ve scored for Celtic. But it was an unbelievable feeling at the time. My phone’s no stopped going since!
“But aye, it was brilliant.”
Asked for his ambitions for the season ahead, Moffat said:
“Right now I’m just taking it day by day. In the long-term this season, hopefully I’ll work hard, and it’d be a dream to make my competitive debut at Celtic Park.”
Again, much like his new teammates Liam Shaw and Urhoghide, Celtic have rightly capitalised on the personalities of the club’s young players from a content point of view. That’s because they all seem like genuinely humble, hard-working lads.
It’s perhaps a lesson from the women’s team; increased interaction from the Celtic FC Women media camp meant that fans could latch on to particular personalities in the side. This season, it felt like there were plenty members of Fran Alonso’s side who became household names, through performances yes, but also interaction with supporters.
Celtic youngster Owen Moffat set for bigger role this season?
Much has been made of Celtic’s rebuild this summer. The club do have to strengthen across the squad, and make no mistake.
What a joy it would be, though, if young but mature, intelligent and skilful players could see increased minutes for Celtic under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou.
The Celtic manager has said as much to that effect [Celtic FC], but the proof won’t be in pre-season friendlies, as good an opportunity as they are. It’ll be in high-pressure situations, difficult away trips and commitments in cup competitions. That’s the real testing ground.
For sure, we’ll need at least a pair of new wingers for squad depth. But if Owen Moffat can continue to impress in pre-season, why shouldn’t he get chances at first-team level?
Celtic supporters love wingers. We do, we can’t help it. And while Moffat has predominantly been described as a striker in the Academy set up, his performance against Sheffield Wednesday would’ve been greeted with rapturous acclaim at a packed-out Paradise.
Surely, for Moffat, that day will come. But for now, it’s about working hard, and he seems to have no issues with motivation.
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