As expected, tomorrow’s Celtic matchday squad will be chock full of youngsters.
The players who were forced to self-isolate ahead of Monday night’s clash against Hibernian have also been ruled out of Saturday’s fixture vs Livingston.
Talents such as Cameron Harper and Armstrong Okoflex made their debuts against Jack Ross’ outfit, while Stephen Welsh and Karamoko Dembele both got opportunities.
More could come into contention tomorrow too.
A look at the photos from today’s session at Lennoxtown, via Getty, shows a diverse group of Academy talents, who play in a number of positions, training with the first-team and preparing for the visit of Livi.
Adam Montgomery, Cameron Harper and Luca Connell
Celtic’s trio of floppy-haired teenagers were in good spirits preparing for tomorrow’s game. Harper will be hoping to make his second start in as many matches, while Luca Connell is surely due an opportunity soon?
He caught the eye in pre-season but has yet to make his competitive debut.
Adam Montgomery is a young attacker who signed his first professional deal with Celtic back in 2019. Still just 17, could he make an unlikely debut?
Scott Robertson and Barry Coffey
Scott Robertson has only just returned from a loan at Gillingham. That was cut short so he could bolster options in the midst of this squad crisis.
It seems likely he’ll play some part in tomorrow’s match, though Callum McGregor and Ismaila Soro are both still available.
Robertson has already made his debut, starting against Cluj in the Europa League last season.
Barry Coffey is a talented Republic of Ireland youth international who also plays in central midfield. He’s yet to make an appearance for Celtic but was included on the bench against Hibs this week.
Conor Hazard, Tobi Oluwayemi and Ross Doohan
With two of Celtic’s senior goalkeepers on the sidelines right now, Conor Hazard has been trusted in goals.
However, should he suffer injury, there are two more youngsters training to step into his shoes.
Ross Doohan was on loan at Ross County and has been recalled. He is likely the current number two choice.
Tobi Oluwayemi signed up to Celtic’s development side from the Tottenham Hotspur academy in 2019 and is a current England youth international.
Dembele must be one of the most hyped Celtic youngsters of recent years. However, he has yet to really burst onto the first-team scene consistently.
It would be fantastic to see the young attacker be given a start against Livingston tomorrow.
With his contract thought to be expiring this year, there are questions marks about his long-term future at the club.
However, it’s never too late to include him and make him feel valued at Celtic Park, while assessing his first-team talent.