Barry Coffey’s future certainly looks a bright one even at such a young age.

The Irishman had a more exciting summer than most in the Celtic development side. Not only did Coffey make the senior squad for the trip to Austria and Switzerland, he also took part in the Under-19 European Championships too.

There, Coffey made two group stage appearances and notched a winner for Ireland against the Czech Republic. It helped progress Ireland to the semis against Portugal, where their tournament ended in a 4-0 loss. Still, it was their first time in the semi-finals of the competition in eight years.

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Barry Coffey is highly-rated at youth level (Sergio Lopez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was an invaluable tournament for Coffey. For the midfielder, it only added to the wonderful experience of pre-season. And, as he spoke to the Celtic View about the current campaign (Volume 55, Issue 07, Page 37), he spoke of his excitement at what’s to come.

“I’d love to be in the first team whenever I can. As you do every season, you dream of making your debut and playing in front of the fans at Celtic Park.

“First of all, though, I need to really nail down my position in the reserves to make sure I’m playing week-in, week-out there. Hopefully I can impress, not just the reserve gaffer, but the first-team gaffer and take a step closer to playing at Celtic Park one day.

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“I’m dying to get into the heat of things now and get going. Hopefully it’s a big season for me.”


Barry Coffey’s future looks full of potential

Coffey will always have a formidable challenge ahead of him for as long as Callum McGregor and Scott Brown occupy the midfield places at Parkhead.

In addition to the pair, Celtic also have Olivier Ntcham, Nir Bitton, Eboue Kouassi, and Ryan Christie who can feature in the centre of the pitch. Christie, of course, is more naturally a number 10.

Coffey made waves with his winner against Czech Republic last month (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

But he can look at the likes of McGregor and Christie with such admiration in any case. The former came through the exact same youth system that Coffey currently is. Christie, meanwhile, is another young Scot to come through the ranks in Scotland and make it in Glasgow’s East End.

There’s no reason why Irishman Coffey can’t do the same. Of course, it’s vital that young players such as Coffey keep their feet on the ground, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

He has a helluva task already in front of him at reserve level. The likes of Kerr McInroy, Luca Connell, and Ewan Henderson won’t be giving up places in the squad for free. There’s some real promising talent developing in that area of the pitch for Celtic.

Coffey has had plenty of big-game experience at youth level (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And Coffey understands consistency at reserve level is his first task before he eyes greater successes. He’s already featured in big games at youth level since signing for the club back in 2017. Youth Cup and Glasgow Cup finals are already attached to his name.

He’ll hope that’s just the start, and given his ability, it undoubtedly is.

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