Celtic B team coach labels Bosun Lawal “a real find”; encouraged to kick on

By David Walton

April 14, 2022

Celtic B team coach Tommy McIntyre has labelled Bosun Lawal “a real find” as he urged the youngster to kick on and “do more”.

Lawal joined the Hoops in the summer and has proven himself to be an exciting prospect for the future. The Bhoys reportedly had to see off late interest from Chelsea to secure him too [The Herald].

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has captained the B side regularly this year and also played in the recent derby matches against Rangers B.

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However, the Lawal has also only recently come back from an injury that kept him out for the best part of 4 months. And speaking to 67HailHail, McIntyre has urged Lawal to kick on as he talked up his potential:

“I think he’s been a real find. He had a bad injury there and was out for a long period of time and then there were some other medical problems. He’s come back and he’s gone away with the Republic [of Ireland].

“I think he can do more, and he’ll probably say the same thing I think. But that’s up to the staff to make sure we get the best out of him. He’s still young, but I think there’s potential there. Like everybody else there’s potential, they’re not the finished article.

“But he’s one we’re hopeful of for the future.”

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Bosun Lawal making strides towards the first-team

McIntyre told 67HailHail last year that Lawal was settling in well and had already been watched by Ange Postecoglou in first-team training.

It’s a shame he had such a prolonged setback through injury however. It would’ve been interesting to see where he would be if he had managed to get through the campaign without any setbacks.

Regardless, he was one of the more solid performers against Rangers B in Tuesday night’s Celtic Park defeat. Physically imposing, Lawal looked a threat from set-pieces and appears extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet.

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Of course, patience is clearly still key here. Lawal is only 18 years of age. He has plenty of development left as a player, and evidently McIntyre believes he needs to improve further before making that step up to first-team level.

But there’s definitely excitement surrounding this one. There’s an expectation when it comes to Lawal that he will indeed make the first-team step-up at some stage in the not too distant future.

For now, however, it’s all about getting his consistency levels back again after injury rocked his season.

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