Stephen McManus praises 2 'terrific' Celtic youngsters after training with first-team

By Milo Clay

February 13, 2023

Celtic B coach Stephen McManus has singled out youngsters Bosun Lawal and Ben Summers for praise after the B team beat Bo’ness United. 

The Scotsman was left delighted with the B team’s performance on Saturday as they picked up a 3-0 win in the Lowland League. 

Lawal grabbed their third of the afternoon, after Mackenzie Carse and Ben Quinn put the Bhoys on their way to victory. 

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The 19-year-old centre-back was handed his Celtic debut earlier in the season as Ange Postecoglou gave him a run out in the Scottish Cup against Morton. 

Summers is yet to make an appearance for the first-team but he has been training with Postecoglou’s squad, alongside Lawal. And McManus believes that this is really benefiting the duo. 

McManus impressed with Lawal and Summers 

Speaking to Celtic’s official website, McManus singled out both Lawal and Summers for praise after ‘terrific’ displays for the B team. 

“I thought the performance was excellent. We moved the ball quickly and attacked the game with real aggression,” the first-team coach said.

“It’s a difficult place to go and the environment is a bit more hostile than the boys are used to, but they stuck to our principles. They dominated the ball in possession and their reaction to losing the ball was brilliant. The whole team’s attitude was first class.

“Bosun Lawal and Ben Summers were terrific, you can see the benefit of them training with the first team more often.”

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The B team will turn their attention to the Glasgow Cup on Tuesday where they will face off against Patrick Thistle. 

Both Lawal and Summers will be hoping to impress McManus once again as they bid to break into the Celtic first-team. 

The pair are clearly benefiting from woring alongside Postecoglou’s squad and it will only aid their development working with the likes of McManus and Darren O’Dea on a daily basis.

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