Celtic teenager Ben Wylie signs contract extension until 2022

By Hamish Carton

January 8, 2020

Not many Celtic fans may have heard of teenager Ben Wylie, but the young Northern Irishman had some good news to celebrate on Wednesday as he penned a new deal that will keep him at Celtic Park until 2022.

The former Linfield youngster signed his first professional deal in June 2018 and his extension arrives after some strong showings in the club’s academy.

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Northern Irish outlet Belfast Live covered the news of the extension for the youngster who has been capped at under-15, 17 and 19 level for his country.

Wylie has the perfect Celtic boss in Lennon

Little is known about 17-year-old Wylie but he’s clearly been performing to some decent level if the club have decided to extend his deal. It’s often the unheard of youngsters who end up making it at Celtic, rather than the perceived golden boys of the young generation.

The likes of Kieran Tierney and James Forrest were barely spoken about prior to their introduction to the first-team but the key was that they took their opportunity when it was presented to them.

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Neil Lennon has shown over his two tenures at the club that he will give youth a chance. Liam Henderson, Mikey Johnston, Tony Watt and Jeremie Frimpong are just four of the guys that he has given debuts to while still in their teens.

If you’re good enough, you’re old enough with Lennon. And that’s the kind of message that should inspire players like Wylie to take the next step. We haven’t had one of our homegrown talents burst through in around a year now. The stage is set for another talent. If Wylie keeps up his good work then it could soon be him.