Celtic youth star Barry Coffey at the double as Cork City dominate Cobh Ramblers
Celtic youth star Barry Coffey has continued his impressive form in Ireland, scoring twice yesterday as Cork City trounced Cobh Ramblers.
Midfielder Coffey spent the latter half of 20-21 in the North, with Cliftonville. Now he’s hitting form in the Republic of Ireland, with 7th placed Cork City. Managed by a former Celtic youth player in Colin Healy, there’s a pleasing symmetry to the young Irishman’s time in League of Ireland.
With two tidy finishes, Coffey was central to Cork’s victory [Irish Examiner]. Coming deep from the middle of the park, the exciting playmaker made his second consecutive start for Healy’s side.
Additional goals from Murphy and O’Brien-Whitmarsh completed the demolition [CCFC], with City leapfrogging their opponents into 7th place.
It leaves Coffey with an impressive 2 goals and 1 assist from 3 LOI outings thus far [Transfermarkt]. Already, he’s making a real difference to Healy’s side with his movement, creativity and finishing.
So far, so good for Celtic lad Coffey at Cork
It would be unreasonable to expect the Celtic youngster Coffey to continue the same level of performance all the season.
He’s still considerably young at just 20, and there’ll no doubt be peaks and troughs as his loan spell with Cork City progresses. But it’s one hell of a promising start he’s making.
Tipped for stardom from an early age, Coffey was wanted by Chelsea and both Manchester clubs. He turned them all down [Scottish Sun]. Upon signing in 2017, Coffey became a popular name in the Celtic Academy, a midfielder with real potential to be a star in the Hoops.
For that potential to come to fruition, he needs regular game time. That’s coming through the loan system, although the B Team could’ve offered a parallel route.
Given his age in comparison to the rest of the extremely young B Team, though, a loan in a tough league like Ireland’s represents an excellent opportunity. Clearly, it’s not one he has any designs on wasting.
Cliftonville fans wanted him back, and you can already see why. The Celtic midfield, in terms of numbers, is a crowded field, with the likes of Luca Connell, Scott Robertson, Kerr McInroy and more wanting to pounce on any first-team opportunity.
But by taking another brave decision, Coffey might be vaulting himself to the front of the queue. Keep impressing in Ireland, and surely the chances with Celtic will fall his way.