Celtic teenager impresses in youth international

By John McGinley

June 5, 2021

Celtic teenager Ben Wylie impressed on his first outing for the Northern Ireland U21 side this afternoon, getting on the scoresheet against Scotland.

The Scottish side, which included Celtic defender Stephen Welsh, would go on to win the match 3-2, despite Wylie’s efforts.

Northern Ireland posted highlights of the goal to Twitter earlier.

Wylie is part of the U18s set-up at the Bhoys, but has spent part of the last season out on loan at Ballymena United in the NIFL Premiership.

The young midfielder made 17 appearances in half a season, earning great experience ahead of his Celtic return this summer.

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He extended his contract at Celtic last January, keeping him with the club until next summer. So he still has time to make a further impression and secure a longer-term contract.

Wylie had previously played for Northern Ireland’s U17 and U19 sides. This was his first appearance at the U21 level.

The teenager was highly-rated in his homeland prior to his Celtic switch, so it’ll be interesting to see how he now develops over the coming 12 months.

Well done Ben!

In other news, reality setting in for Celtic fans as club agree fee for Ange Postecoglou.


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