Report: Lennoxtown youth has caught the eye of senior Celtic players in training

By John McGinley

November 19, 2021

Senior Celtic players have been left impressed by the composure and calmness of goalkeeping prospect Tobi Oluwayemi in training, The Athletic has reported.

The outlet also reports that manager Ange Postecoglou has also become a fan of the England youth international’s attributes, citing a source close to the dressing room.

As we discussed earlier, the club have set Oluwayemi on a long-term plan to eventually become a first-team regular, with Joe Hart set to mentor him.

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And it seems recognised Celtic stars are completely on board with that, apparently impressed with what they’ve seen of the teenager so far this year.

The goalkeeper has had a more pronounced role in the squad since John Kennedy took interim charge of the team. It was this coach who alerted Postecoglou to his ability during the summer months.

Oluwayemi has since been seen on European trips this season, apparently usurping failed signing Vasilis Barkas as the club’s third-choice goalkeeper.

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The England youth is regularly seen playing for the Celtic B side in the Scottish Lowland Football League, alternating duties with Ryan Mullen.

In recent years Celtic have struggled to put forward a convincing pathway for many young players – with some departing for the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool instead.

However, in Hart, Celtic have a serious operator and a big name who could easily help convince Oluwayemi that he is best-placed to stay in Glasgow.

The youngster signed a contract extension in June that commits his future to the club until 2024. By then, we could well need a viable future alternative to Hart.

In other news, Celtic deliver on another summer season ticket promise.