The 5 promising youngsters spotted in Celtic senior training

By Lewis Laird

June 27, 2022

Pre-season is often seen as a time for the first-team squad to build up fitness for the campaign ahead.

After the summer break, Ange Postecoglou’s squad will now be returning to Lennoxtown to get to work for their first full pre-season under the Celtic boss.

However, these preparations also provide players with the chance to impress and break into the manager’s plans for the upcoming season.

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This afternoon, as players took part in their first session at the Celtic training ground, images were posted online and on social media, and supporters were keeping a close eye on who they could spot taking part.

Amongst the group were several consistent members of Postecoglou’s side, including Joe Hart and Reo Hatate. Whilst fringe players from last campaign, such as James Forrest and Yosuke Ideguchi, began their push to break into the starting 11.

However, there might also have been a few unfamiliar faces to the Celtic support, with a handful of youngsters being promoted to join the group during the early stages of the summer.

Five promising youngsters were invited to the first day of training, as Tobi Oluwayemi (19), Bosun Lawal (19), Ben Summers (18), Rocco Vata (16) and Johnny Kenny (19) made the step up.

All five players played their part in the Celtic B side last campaign, who finished 3rd in their maiden season within the fifth tier of Scottish Football.

Although both Kenny and Oluwayemi have regularly taken part in first-team sessions, their fellow teammates have rarely been involved with Ange Postecoglou’s side.

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Lawal, Summers and Vata were all standouts at several different stages in the Lowland League and are believed to be highly rated by the coaches at Lennoxtown.

That faith and hard work has been rewarded with the chance to train alongside some of the best performers in Scotland last season.

All five players will be hoping to continue their involvement by heading over to Austria next week, and Celtic fans could potentially have the opportunity to see the talented youngsters in action during one of the friendly outings.

In other news, Celtic set for 6 games in 18 days; hectic pre-season schedule in full.