Bosun Lawal addresses how he's settled in at Celtic in first Parkhead interview
Celtic B captain Bosun Lawal has explained how he’s settled into life at Parkhead in his first interview since arriving in the summer.
Former Watford Youth Player of the Year Lawal signed for the Bhoys in a £120k agreement during the transfer window. Celtic managed to fend off interest from the likes of Chelsea, Norwich, and Fulham respectively [The Herald].
The Republic of Ireland U21 international is thought of highly at Parkhead even this early into his Celtic career. B team coach Tommy McIntyre revealed last month that the player has already trained with the first-team under Ange Postecoglou.
But now Lawal himself has finally spoken out in his first interview with Celtic TV since his arrival. And as he looks to continue impressing, he said the following when quizzed on his start to life in Glasgow:
“It’s been hard settling in, but I think I settled in quite quickly with the boys helping me out, showing me about, and obviously performing well on the pitch so it’s been a good couple of months. I don’t really look into it (the captaincy). I just kind of take it on board, keep playing my game, and help the boys out. But it’s been good.
“I would say my technical ability when on the ball (is my biggest strength), my passing range, obviously being a leader on the pitch and leading by example. I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and then when the first-team call comes I’ll be ready and take my chance – hopefully breakthrough.
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“They’ve taught me a lot since I’ve come here (Darren O’Dea and McIntyre) They’ve shown me things I need to improve on, things I’m good at, things I can work on. It’s been good with them.”
Celtic man Bosun Lawal shows a mature head on inexperienced shoulders
Certain youth players can at times come across as a touch overeager to be involved with the first-team. Those that don’t particularly enjoy the waiting and feel they’re good enough to be playing regularly for the A squad right now.
Lawal doesn’t paint himself as one of those players. Instead, the ROI youth international shows a real level of maturity. He understands that there’s going to be a period of patience required. That a place in Postecoglou’s midfield won’t come easily.
That’s going to be important. The matches with the B team have given the former Watford man real experience of proper, competitive football. Yes, it’s at a level well below that of the Scottish Premiership, but it’s senior level experience.
There will clearly come a time when Ange will call on Lawal to make the leap. After all, he’s thriving and has already become captain just weeks after joining the B team. There’s something about the midfielder that McIntyre and O’Dea have taken a shine to.
Of course, he isn’t the only one. There will hopefully be opportunities for the likes of Dane Murray, Owen Moffat, and others at some stage this season. But these B team matches in the Lowland League give them a platform to bolster their reputation and stock with the Celtic support.
So far, Lawal hasn’t put a foot wrong.