Celtic have been introducing 17-year-old Dane Murray to supporters this week as the young defender starts to get first-team training opportunities.
Murray, who recently signed a new contract with the club to the summer of 2024, has yet to make his debut for the club but is clearly enjoying getting the chance to prove himself at Lennoxtown.
Celtic put the spotlight on him with their Instagram stories yesterday, following his progress training alongside regulars in John Kennedy’s starting eleven. Murray looked assured and confident.
The youngster also gave his first club interview, featured on the official YouTube channel.
Having started the season as part of the U18s group, his immediate ambition seems to be training regularly with the senior side before making matchday squads.
There’s a chance for that to happen between now and the end of the season with nothing left to play for in the Scottish Premiership.
Murray started out as a midfielder but is now being developed as a centre-half. No doubt he is learning loads off John Kennedy and Stephen McManus, as well as Kristoffer Ajer and others.
He’s still at a very young age, especially for a position that requires composure and maturity.
It’s uncertain whether we’ll see him make a debut, this week or otherwise.
Still, with the club’s media efforts he’s another name to keep an eye on heading into next season under a new manager.
No doubt whoever arrives in the dugout will be keen to assess what youngsters have long-term potential. Murray’s exposure to first-team affairs at Lennoxtown will stand him in good stead for that process.
All the best Dane!