Celtic teenager reveals promising Ange Postecoglou task for Hoops youth

By John McGinley

November 13, 2021

Celtic teenager Joey Dawson has been reflecting on a productive day’s work in the Scottish Lowland Football League.

Celtic B managed to overcome a spirited Broomhill FC comeback to win 4-2 and pick up all three points at the Pennycars Stadium today.

Dawson, who signed for the Bhoys from Scunthorpe during the summer transfer window, has now managed to put his injury troubles behind him. He’s scored two goals in his last two matches, including a first-half effort this afternoon.

Celtic B at the Pennycars Stadium / Photo by Hamish Carton

Speaking after the match to Celtic TV, the young striker made it clear that the ambitions for the B team this term are to get fully up to speed with the way Ange Postecoglou wants to play football.

Dawson said: “Goals for the rest of the season are just to keep playing the way the first-team manager wants us to. Pressing up high and building from the back.

“It’s just to win as many games as possible. Keep working hard. For me personally, it’s to stay fit as well – I’ve just come back and had two 90 minutes so that is positive.

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“After Tuesday [against Spartans] we spoke about losing leads. No one likes to go one up and lose the three points. We had a word in training on Thursday and Friday. We tried to work on it and today it was a mental challenge.

“They came back from 2-0 down, but we worked on it in the week and I think that showed with the two goals late on. We carried on playing our football.”

It’s encouraging to hear that Postecoglou’s brand of football is actively being worked on further down the playing levels.

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Coach Darren O’Dea alluded to something similar in his pre-match press conference, although qualified that by making sure there is a message of personal improvement as a priority.

Still, if that personal improvement comes within the framework of Ange’s tactics then it’s a benefit to Celtic down the line. For the first time in a while it feels like there is unity across age groups and an active plan to get some of these young players into the first-team squad.

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