Celtic youngster Barry Coffey has been a hotly-tipped prospect for a while now.
But after 11 appearances, the Celtic Academy player has got on the scoresheet for Cliftonville. The creative midfielder scored late-on for the Reds in a 5-0 rout of Carrick Rangers.
According to Reds By the Minute, Coffey rifled home an effort into the top corner. The 20-year-old is just one of several Celtic youth players away from the club, with Ewan Henderson, Jonathan Afolabi, Ewan Otoo and others competing for first team minutes today.
78- GOALLL COFFEY WITH THE FIFTH pic.twitter.com/iGYMxvE2EC
— Reds By The Minute ☘ (@RedsByTheMinute) April 24, 2021
It’s an emphatic win for the NIFL Premiership’s fifth-placed club, who suffered a 2-0 home defeat against Glentoran on Tuesday night.
Coffey, for his part, will be delighted to get off the mark.
Celtic youngster Barry Coffey making an impact in Belfast
After his deadline day loan deal was agreed earlier this year, Coffey was determined to develop and make an impact at Cliftonville.
In an interview with The Irish News, Coffey said:
“I just wanted to experience first team football, learn and play in the men’s game. Going from Academy football to men’s football is a big jump. Of course, Academy football is about winning but it’s also about developing.
“When you come to men’s football it’s all about winning. That’s what I love and what I want to experience.”
Coffey will hope to compete for more playing time at Celtic, provided he keeps up some goalscoring form. Huge departures in the midfield, like Scott Brown and potentially Olivier Ntcham, could open up spots for the likes of Coffey, Henderson or Luca Connell.
Admittedly, Coffey is still very much in a crowded field as a promising central midfielder. However, Coffey has featured in pre-season for Celtic before, joining the first-team squad in Austria and Switzerland back in the summer of 2019 [Celtic FC].
The Nenagh-born playmaker will be hoping for more goals as he builds up his experience in the North of Ireland.