Bosun Lawal already impressing with Celtic B after Watford switch
Summer Celtic signing Bosun Lawal is already impressing at Parkhead after becoming captain of the B side in recent weeks.
The Hoops managed to secure the Irish youngster in a £120k move from Watford back in July [Glasgow Times]. The midfielder was then placed into the B side as they pressed on with their Lowland League campaign.
It only took several matches before Lawal was then given the captaincy. He was the on-pitch leader for recent matches against Dalbeattie Star and Civil Service Strollers respectively.
And speaking to 67HailHail ahead of this weekend’s Challenge Cup match against Greenock Morton, B team coach Tommy McIntyre gave an update on how he’s been settling in:
“He’s settled in really well, probably better than we thought. He’s that type of player that looks really hungry. But there is a period of settling in, so I think to bestow so much pressure on him by saying ‘first-team’ etc, I think we’re just thankful we believe we’ve got a real talent here.
“He’s already trained with the first team. The manager wanted a look at him and he’s progressing well. We just need to be careful we don’t ask too much of him.
“But he’s the same as every other player when they come here – the pressure is always on to get to the first-team. But in a good way. In the sense that if you’re doing well and you’re performing well, then ultimately that’s the next step for every player.”
Bosun Lawal making the ideal start with Celtic B
It was always going to be a big move for the 18-year-old. Coming up from London with pressure and expectation on his shoulders, many would’ve been confident in him getting off to a fast start with the B side.
He’s done exactly that. Lawal netted on his debut against Bonnyrigg Rose and hasn’t looked back.
McIntyre is spot on to put some caution on the expectancy. It’s important to remember the youngster’s age and the stage of development he’s currently at. Considering he’s only just arrived, however, he can be delighted with the impact he’s making on the coaching staff so far.
Lawal came up from Watford highly rated. It was a blow for the English Premier League club to lose him. Let’s also not forget Chelsea were reportedly looking to nab him before he moved to Parkhead too [The Herald].
It’s also promising to hear that Postecoglou has had a look at him already too. There’s clearly a strong interest in his development in particular, and fans will be expecting big things from him in the long-term.
But in truth, it’s only a start. There appears to be some way to go before Lawal is in the mix for first-team contention. McIntyre’s message here was simple – let’s not put too much pressure on him too soon.