Pleasing Rocco Vata update as he gets glowing praise from Celtic coach

By John McGinley

December 11, 2021

Rocco Vata produced another winning impact for Celtic B last night as the young Bhoys overcame a difficult challenge from East Stirlingshire in the Scottish Lowland Football League.

Vata fired in a second-half effort off the crossbar to continue his fine form for club and country this season, having also impressed for the Republic of Ireland youth sides.

After the match, Celtic B boss Tommy McIntyre was full of praise for the teenager, suggesting he is making excellent progress working with coaches like himself and Darren O’Dea.

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Rocco Vata is a shining light for Celtic B

Speaking to Celtic TV, McIntyre said: “We got a great goal. I thought it was a fabulous goal. He was probably the best player on the night so he deserved the goal.

“He’s got to get a lot of credit himself. He’s just natural. He plays and we coach him but he’s got to perform on the day. He’s certainly taking everything on board we’re trying to get out of him. There’s more to come from him, there’s no doubt, but he’s young. What a fantastic goal tonight.”

There’s a bit of hype surrounding Vata, son of Rudi, but he’s fully backing it up with his performances. It’s not just that he catches the eye with a bit of skill, he’s making a meaningful impact to the B side’s league form at the age of 16.

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When you consider that players such as Owen Moffat and Joey Dawson have just been called up to the first-team, if Vata keeps himself on this path, a first-team debut is certainly feasible over the next 18 months.

Good luck to the Bhoy!

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