Another Celtic youngster leaves on loan; Ewan Otoo joins Clyde

By David Walton

March 23, 2021

Celtic have completed yet another agreement to send one of their top youngsters out for first-team experience this afternoon as Ewan Otoo joined Clyde on loan.

The youngster will remain with the Bully Wee for the rest of the season. Clyde have confirmed that he’ll be part of the squad that travels to Keith for tonight’s Scottish Cup tie.

The deal follows on from agreements earlier this week to send Luca Connell and Ryan Mullen out on loan. The likes of Lee O’Connor, Jonathan Afolabi, Scott Robertson, and Kerr McInroy are also out getting first-team minutes elsewhere.

Otoo recently tied himself down to the Parkhead club until the summer of 2024. He can play in both defence and midfield, and it remains to be seen where Clyde boss Danny Lennon decides to play him.

But it’s another promising deal for Celtic. Otoo is only 18 years of age, so it’s a great period in his development for him to experience League One football.

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This certainly won’t just be a jolly for the youngster. Clyde have plenty to fight for between now and the end of the campaign with Lennon’s side bottom of League One.

A 3-1 home loss to East Fife at the weekend means it’s now back-to-back defeats and joint-bottom of the league. However, the Bully Wee also have two games in-hand.

With the season in League One reduced down to 22 games, Otoo will have 13 matches to try and make an impact in. That’s not including any potential Scottish Cup run Clyde manage to go on.

The Celtic training centre at Lennoxtown / (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It’s a brilliant opportunity for him. Fellow Lennoxtown hopeful Connell bagged an assist and a man-0f-the-match award in his Queen’s Park debut on Saturday. He spoke afterward about how grateful he was just to be playing once again [QPTV].

Otoo has that same opportunity, and it’s one he’ll be itching to take.

We wish Ewan all the very best as he takes his first steps into the senior game.

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