Celtic Academy youngsters set for rare opportunity

By John McGinley

October 5, 2021

Celtic B boss Tommy McIntyre is set to field a younger team than usual against Spartans in the Scottish Lowland Football League tomorrow night.

Celtic youth stand-outs such as Bosun Lawal, Dane Murray and Rocco Vata have been called up for international duty, but the matches go on for McIntyre and his team.

The B manager has revealed he’ll be missing nearly a full team’s worth of players during this break but has talked up the opportunity now available to youngsters progressing from the Celtic Academy.

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Speaking to CelticFC.com, McIntyre said: “We’ve got about eight players away, but that doesn’t really phase me because it gives you the chance to bring in some other younger players from the Academy.

“There will be a couple of young ones who will play on Wednesday who have deserved their chance and it’s up to them to show that they take that chance – it’s up to the ones that are playing to put pressure on the ones that are away on international duty.

“In all my time here, we’ve always had top-end players going on international duty to represent their country. It’s a fantastic accolade for the club and it’s testimony to how well we are doing in developing players with the number that are away on international duty.

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“It’s really important, again it’s a big part of their development, they are well looked after. They like to represent their country, they go far and wide and we just hope they come back fit.”

Celtic B currently sit in seventh in the league, but with multiple games in hand on the teams above them, there are still opportunities to make a big play for the top of the table.

Facing Spartans will not be an easy task, especially with a much-changed Celtic line-up. The Edinburgh side currently sit in third and will fancy their chances of making a promotion push towards Scottish League Two.

Still, it’s a big opportunity and one I’m sure the youngsters involved will relish, especially playing on home ground in front of Celtic supporters.

Tickets are still available for the Wednesday night clash from this link.

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