Celtic youngster Cameron Harper tweets delight after making squad vs Dundee United

By David Walton

August 24, 2020

Celtic youngster Cameron Harper has tweeted his reaction after making the squad for the Dundee United win.

Harper was a surprising inclusion by manager Neil Lennon for the trip to Tannadice on Saturday evening.

The youngster was last year promoted from the under-18 squad to the reserves. And being with the club for almost two years now, it was a massive shot in the arm for him to be involved with the first team for the very first time at the weekend.

Harper never managed to get on, but he still hailed his inclusion in the match-day squad as a “great experience”.

Are there spots up for grabs for the Lennoxtown youngsters?

Harper’s selection at the weekend was certainly interesting. He now joins the likes of Karamoko Dembele and Scott Robertson in being involved in first-team matters in the early competitive games this season.

However, it’s one thing being in the squad, but another thing entirely to actually stake a claim for your spot in the side.

In what can only be described as a season of seasons with 10-in-a-row on the line, you could understand if the manager was a tad hesitant in putting too much faith in youngsters.

By all means, the likes of Robertson, Dembele, and now Harper may get the odd outing here and there. But largely you would imagine Lennon will stick with the senior boys with so much on the line.

Neil Lennon appears willing to give youth a chance / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For Harper, he has to take this as a key learning exercise. Lennon has shown a desire to get youngsters in and around the squad when he can. Just look at the game-time handed to the likes of Stephen Welsh, Robertson, and Dembele respectively last season.

The fact that Harper, a regular at reserve level, has even been called up is a sign that he’s been marked by the manager, but he can’t let it go to his head.

His next goal may be his on-field senior debut, but given the demands of the season ahead, that may need to be shelved in the short-term.

In other news, Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has given his thoughts on whether Celtic-linked Ivan Toney will depart this summer.