Celtic defender Wallace Duffy has revealed that interim manager Neil Lennon came in to congratulate the reserves recently with a short team-talk.
The young Hoops hammered Dundee 6-0 last week in an impressive outing. The game featured youngsters such as Armstrong Oko-flex, Jack Aitchison, and Duffy himself.
Yet, also in attendance was interim boss Lennon. The Northern Irishman had his first look at the young talent emerging from Parkhead, and was evidently impressed after the game.
Duffy spoke in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 33, page 33) this week about how Lennon came in to the dressing room at full-time and made sure to congratulate the team.
“I know that Neil Lennon likes the youth set-up. Even at Hibs he brought through a lot of young players.
“That’s encouraging that the manager has faith in young players. He came into the dressing-room after the Dundee game and was praising our performance.
“It helps, because you never know when you might get your chance to move up. Injuries happen all the time.”
Leaving no stone unturned
Lennon has now been to see the reserves and gave them a pep-talk – showing a desire to get to know the young players who could potentially be his first-team stars in the long-term.
Added to that, Lennon has reportedly spoken to Lee Congerton and Peter Lawwell about targets for next season. There appears to be more than just a short-term project going on here.
Brendan Rodgers of course made a commitment to youth before ditching them for Leicester City. Lennon has a track record of doing the exact same. He’s given players such as Tony Watt, Paul Slane, Bahrudin Atajic, Lewis Allan, and Sean Mackie their debuts for Celtic and Hibs respectively.
It’s looking as though the new interim manager is looking to continue that trend at Parkhead once more. And despite the fact he’s only initially here until the end of the season, his interest in the reserves is refreshing.