Rocco Vata's mum shares brilliant footage of her son in Celtic U18 rout

By David Walton

September 19, 2021

Celtic academy youngster Rocco Vata’s mum has shared a brilliant clip of her son as he produced a storming assist for the U18s.

Vata was part of the Celtic youth side that hammered East Fife in the Scottish Youth Cup on Friday night. The 5-0 scoreline a reflection of the dominance the Hoops had over their opponents.

Celtic disappointingly never provided any details of the match on their social media or website. However, East Fife provided HT and FT updates on the contest as well as publishing a live stream for fans to watch. And vata’s mother, who was no doubt delighted with her son’s piece of individual brilliance, published the video of his work on Twitter:

It was this moment of brilliance that stole the show as the young Hoops secured Scottish Cup progression. Bombing down the right flank, the midfielder managed to get away from the East Fife defence and produce a superb cross that was tucked away at the back post. Not to mention he also netted a free-kick on the night too.

Yet more signs of the promise that lies within him.

Rocco Vata hitting the right notes for Celtic youth teams

As well as games with the U18s, Vata has also been a regular for Tommy McIntyre’s Celtic B team this season.

Celtic can take a big step under Ange tomorrow

Celtic can take a big step under Ange tomorrow
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At only 15 years of age, McIntyre and co will be keen to protect him from lofty expectations. It’s more important for players at that age level to simply be given the space and time to develop properly, and away from the spotlight.

But you can’t ignore the quality in that assist for the U18s. The power and pace to get away from the opposition was particularly eye-catching. Considering he then had the cross to finish things off? Beautiful, and shows exactly the kind of talent Celtic have on their hands.

But the expectations for now should be left at the door. Vata is far too young to start throwing chat of a first-team step up in his face. He’s only just burst onto the scene as a promising youngster. We need to be careful with how we big him up.

Hopefully, he can continue to develop at a promising pace over the next couple of years. Celtic fans will continue to monitor the youngster’s achievements closely in the meantime.

But all credit to Rocco. His fantastic assist on Friday night deserves acknowledgement.

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