Ange Postecoglou's superb promise to the Celtic youth players

By David Walton

September 7, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has given a vow to all of the club’s youth players that if they’re good enough, they’ll get their opportunity regardless of age.

Postecoglou has already shown that he’s willing to take a look at the club’s youth products. The likes of Owen Moffat and Karamoko Dembele, for example, were given runouts in pre-season along with a host of other youngsters. Dane Murray, meanwhile, played in a Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland. Adam Montgomery has also emerged as a potential breakthrough talent.

The Hoops boss has previous for putting his faith in young talent too. At Brisbane Roar back in Australia, he moved to get rid of many of the experienced players upon his arrival and replaced them with talented youngsters.

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And whilst there aren’t any from Lennoxtown that have broken into the first-team regularly this season, midfielder Robertson said Postecoglou is ready to put his faith in them when they prove their qualities.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Robertson, currently on loan at Crewe, said: “From the first day the new manager arrived, he told us all that no matter what your age is, if you are good enough then you will play for him. It was great to hear him say that. He said we would get opportunities and I think he’s shown that already with Adam’s [Montgomery] promotion into the first team that he’s true to his word.

“From day one the manager has been able to get his messages across very quickly, the points he wanted to make are well understood. He wants us to play football the right way, it’s about keeping the ball and pressing high up the pitch.

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“He wants to get the midfield players on the ball and for me that’s been great as it’s one of my strengths to get on the ball and pass it. From my point of view it has been brilliant. He doesn’t like it when you take too many touches and end up having to go back the way. He wants you to get your head up as soon as possible and pass the ball through the lines.”

Celtic youth players have golden opportunity to shine this season

There couldn’t be a better time to be a Celtic youth player than the present.

Firstly, they have a manager who’s simply waiting for them to breakthrough. Postecoglou isn’t just dismissing the talent available in the youth ranks. It’s clear that there are first-team spots available to them when they prove they’re ready.

Secondly, the Celtic B team has been given plenty of media and fan attention this season. With their exploits in the Lowland League being given increased coverage, the manager will be firmly aware of what’s going on at that level.

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It’s a massive chance for the players in the academy to step up. A chance for them to prove their worth and show that they’re too good for Lowland League football. Even just getting the opportunity to train with the first-team would be a big eye-opener for so many of our youngsters.

But there is plenty of serious talent already threatening to emerge from the youth ranks. B team captain Bosun Lawal is clearly rated highly. Same goes for the likes of. Moffat, Rocco Vata, and new Bhoy Ciaran Dickson.

Many can look up to the likes of Liel Abada, only 19, who’s been thrown into the first team after signing from Israel and been a star performer. Even if he was a summer signing, his emergence as a key talent is a sign of the willingness of the manager to invest in youth.

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