Video: Celtic prospect scores fantastic strike at U17 Euros

By Lewis Laird

May 18, 2022

Last night, Scotland u17s kicked off their European Championship campaign in Israel, facing Portugal in their opening fixture.

It was a disappointing start for Brian McLaughlin, who suffered a 5-1 defeat against the impressive young Portuguese side.

However, one thing to take away from last night’s game was the brilliant strike from Celtic youngster Magnus MacKenzie.

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The 17-year old left-back scored Scotland’s only goal of the game in impressive fashion on his weaker right foot.

Picking up a cross-field pass, MacKenzie then took on his marker before cutting inside and firing a shot past the Portuguese goalkeeper, who had no chance. You see the goal via this link or embedded below.

Towards the back end of last season, the full-back became more involved in Tommy McIntyre’s Celtic B side, making 11 appearances in total.

Last season, MacKenzie didn’t add any goals to his tally in the Lowland League. However, last night, he very much showed his capabilities in front of goal, scoring a powerful strike.

The Hoops youngster is clearly highly regarded with the Scotland setup, nailing down a starting role in the nation’s under-17s side for this tournament, which will play host to some of the best young players in the continent.

McLaughlin’s squad also includes a further two Celtic players, in right-back Josh Dede and goalkeeper Rory Mahady.

Scotland will be looking to bounce back and pick up their first points of the competition in their next group game against Denmark this Friday.

In other news, Bristol City boss clarifies transfer stance on Celtic-linked Antoine Semenyo.