Celtic manager Neil Lennon appears to be assessing the progress of a number of young players yet to fully prove themselves in the Hoops first-team, ahead of the new season starting in August.
Lennon and his squad are currently at Loughborough University’s sports training complex in England, preparing for the Scottish Premiership kicking off and for a trio of friendlies in Paris later this month.
The club posted a day one round-up of training on Wednesday and in the footage a number of young academy talents have been spotted working with the senior pros.
Ewan Henderson and Karamoko Dembele are seen right at the start of the clip emerging from the changing rooms, alongside last season’s debut defender Stephen Welsh.
Henderson burst into the senior side in the 2018/19 season, handed his first start in Brendan Rodgers’ last match against Motherwell at Celtic Park.
He spent part of last season out on loan at Ross County but only managed to make 10 appearances before a January return.
Dembele meanwhile has been a hyped talent for years but has yet to make his first start, coming off the bench in three matches following Lennon’s return to the club.
Welsh made his debut away to Hamilton earlier this year in a three-man defence alongside Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien, impressing during his time on the pitch.
Scott Robertson can also be seen in the clip having made his debut in the Europa League group stages against Cluj last year.
Kerr McInroy is also training with the squad, although he has yet to earn any senior minutes in competitive action. He was named on the bench twice during the Rodgers era but suffered a serious injury that hampered his progress.
Eagle-eyed viewers may spot even more youngsters in the footage.
It’s pleasing to see this new generation of talent involved in the first-team setup and it’d be smashing if some of them were more involved as the club push to make history over the next 12 months.
Lennon has shown he isn’t afraid to give unproven talents the chance to impress and in a time of potentially restricted transfer activity, they could play a more important squad role than in recent seasons.