Celtic heralded by Hull City legend for "fantastic" treatment of Joey Dawson

By Euan Davidson

January 14, 2022

Andy Dawson, a former Premier League player with Hull City, has been left amazed by how Celtic have treated his son Joey, a star for the B Team.

Joey Dawson has made strides since joining Celtic in the summer. The former Scunthorpe striker was even handed a first-team debut late in 2021, coming on against St Johnstone. He was so close to scoring, but he’ll need to wait for his first senior goal in the Hoops.

His strike rate at B Team level, though, has been superb. Dawson has 8 SLFL strikes to his name [SLFL], and has the physical tools to adapt to first-team football. But what’s left Dawson Sr impressed is the attention-to-detail that Celtic showed in bringing Joey to the club.

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Speaking to the Athletic, Andy Dawson said: “I think Celtic came to watch him numerous times for a good few months.

“They invited Joey, me, his mum and the rest of the family up to Glasgow. They took him around the stadium and even I was in awe of that. It’s enormous. They showed us around Glasgow and where he could live. The way they treated him was fantastic.

“He made his mind up and moved up there in June this year. That was probably hard for him, living on his own for the first time in his flat two weeks after turning 18.

“He’s gone up there and is building a life for himself as an 18-year-old kid on his own. It’s adult life that’s been put on him. I’m sure he’d tell you it’s not easy but he’s learning and developing as a human being all the time. He’ll be better for it. It’s a fantastic experience.”

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Joey Dawson looks to be progressing nicely for Celtic, but it’s how they’ve treated him that’s encouraging

It appears Celtic have learnt some lessons after last season. We’ll never know the ins and outs, and obviously Covid-19 didn’t help whatsoever. But the new Bhoys brought in for 20-21 didn’t seem to adapt to life in Glasgow. Whether it was a duty of care thing, or several incidences of bad luck, we might never know.

But by the looks of it, guys like Shane Duffy, Vasilis Barkas and Diego Laxalt just couldn’t settle in Glasgow. So, from appearances, it looks as if Celtic have gone up a gear in terms of player integration, scouting and negotiations.

Dawson, of course, comes from very decent footballing stock. Along with his father Andy, who played long enough at Hull City for a testimonial, his Uncle is Michael Dawson. With 4 England caps, and over 200 games for Tottenham Hotspur, there’s prestige in the family.

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Moving country at 18 is tough. While it was only a couple of hours up the road for Dawson, it’s an entirely new footballing culture for him, at a club with enormous expectations. He could’ve chosen the easier route, developing along nicely at Scunthorpe.

He didn’t, though. As much of that is about his own ambition as it is the quality of approach Celtic made for the youngster.

Here’s hoping for more first-team appearances, and Dawson getting off the mark for Celtic. That would represent quite a 12 months for the English striker.

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