Celtic youngster Rocco Vata makes Republic of Ireland step up

By John McGinley

August 30, 2021

Celtic B youngster Rocco Vata has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U17s side for an upcoming friendly against Mexico.

Vata’s mother confirmed the news on Twitter last night.

Still just 15, the player is clearly impressing coaches both at Celtic and with the international set-up.

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He’s previously been included in matches with the Ireland U15s side but has now earned a step up to a higher age group already.

Vata has been a regular for Tommy McIntyre’s Celtic B side this season, impressing in the Scottish Lowland Football League despite coming up against senior players. The forward has made seven appearances for the young hoops, scoring three goals.

If you’re not aware by now, he is of course the son of former Celtic player Rudi, who starred for the club in the 1990s. That’s made supporters sit up and take notice of his progress. However, that progress has been impressive in and of itself.

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Elsewhere, impressive summer signing Bosun Lawal has been called up to an Ireland U19s training camp in England next month. Lee O’Connor has also been included in the latest Ireland U21s squad.

A raft of senior and young Celtic players will be jetting off round the world during this upcoming international break. We wish all of them the very best of luck and hope that they stay both injury and Covid free!

In other news, The extraordinary must-watch Ange Postecoglou video from yesterday despite Celtic defeat.