Many of the Celtic youngsters are set for a Euro 2019 D-Day tomorrow against Portugal.
Celtic have as many as six of their youth stars away on international duty with Scotland under-19s. Jack Aitchison, Ryan Mullen, Robbie Deas, Ewan Henderson, Daniel Church, and Kerr McInroy have all taken part in Scotland’s qualification campaign this week.
The young Scots are currently heading for the end of their Euro 2019 Elite Round group. The section involves Scotland, Portugal, Turkey, and Cyprus. The young Scots have to win the group in order to qualify for Euro 2019 this summer.
So far it’s been a hugely impressive campaign. Each team plays each other just once, so there are only three games in each group.
Scotland have played two of theirs, and won both in convincing fashion. Five days ago, they routed Turkey 3-1, with young Celt Robbie Deas netting Scotland’s second of the game. That was then followed up a 4-0 rout of Cyrprus.
Both Scotland and Portugal in terrific form
Unfortunately but as expected, Portugal have mauled Turkey and Cyprus too in successive 3-0 victories. What it leaves is a mouth-watering clash between the young Scots and Portugal tomorrow.
Both sides are join-top of the group with a goal difference of +6. But the young Scots still only need a draw in order to qualify for Euro 2019. They’ve scored seven goals as opposed to Portugal’s six, and therefore any stalemate on goal difference will lead to the young Scots heading through.
Tomorrow’s match takes place at 17:15 in Boavista’s Estadio do Bessa. Many of these young Celts have been in fine form for the reserve squad this season too.
The reserves are currently top of the SPFL Reserve League by two points. Both Aitchison and Deas, meanwhile, are out on loan with lower league clubs.
It’s a massive credit to the young Celts and Scotland should they see it through. Hopefully, it also provides our youngsters with the confidence to return to Lennoxtown and power their way to the Reserve League, should they overcome the challenge of Portugal.
After all, they’ll all want to stay in contention for a place at this summer’s Euros in Armenia should they make it.