"Outstanding"; The Lennoxtown pair who left Celtic B coach extremely impressed yesterday
Celtic B duo Ben Doak and Ben Summers were called out for praise after their fine displays against Stirling University yesterday.
The young Hoops managed to come from a goal behind to secure a 3-1 success against their Lowland League foes. It’s a result that takes them up to second place as they look to fight off Rangers B and East Kilbride for the runner’s up spot.
Doak was involved in the first goal when good work led to Summers slotting home a cross in the 25th minute. Summers then got involved in the second goal with Adam Brooks getting on the scoresheet. Brooks would net the third in a fine performance for him, but it was Doak and Summers who took the plaudits of the B team coach post-match.
Speaking via Celtic TV, McIntyre said of the pair: “He’s a talented kid [Summers]. He’s been working really hard. We know he’s still got a long way to go in terms of having to bulk up a little bit, but he’s got great footwork and he knows where the goal is. He’s got a good career ahead of himself.
“Ben Doak is an outstanding player. He’s a kind of old-fashioned winger that eliminates full-backs and I certainly wouldn’t like to play against Ben Doak. He gives you so much. We said to the players before the game, trust them [Doak and Adam Brooks] because the ball is going to come in and you’ll get chances.
“That’s what happened. He provides strikers with opportunities to score goals.”
Celtic B talent continuing to grow with Lowland League exposure
The opportunity has been proven to be there for youngsters who impress Ange Postecoglou. Just as Doak. He’s been handed a place on matchday squads and even has 2 substitute appearances to his name with the senior side.
Granted, he’s now back plying his trade with the B team. But the truth is he’s left fans itching to see more of him in the future. That’s because he’s taken his opportunity and bolstered his reputation in doing so.
The same opportunity has yet to be handed to Summers, but given his form this season, it would hardly surprise you if he was also in a fair few matchday squads before long. Owen Moffat, Dane Murray, and Joey Dawson are 3 others who have tasted first-team football this season.
It’s clear that the exposure to the Lowland League has been a major success for the Celtic young guns. It’s helped to bolster them physically and mentally as they finally get involved in senior football against experienced pros.
The advantages compared to the reserve league is truly night and day. So much so that Celtic must do all they can to find their youngsters similar exposure next season.
As for Doak and Summers, hopefully we continue to see some more of them when Ange feels the time is right. The talent at Lennoxtown at the moment is genuinely exciting.