4 Celtic B talents Ange Postecoglou could look to integrate in Scottish Cup squad

By Lewis Laird

January 19, 2023

Saturday’s Scottish Cup fixture against Greenock Morton could offer Ange Postecoglou the opportunity to integrate some of the Bhoys academy talents.

Celtic take on the Scottish Championship side at Parkhead as we prepare to enter the cup competition at the Fourth Round stage.

Of course, Postecoglou and his players won’t be taking this game lightly, no matter which league our opponents play in.

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However, with the current strength within the Celtic squad and the quick turnaround from Wednesday evening’s game, then there is bound to be changes to the squad.

The 57-year-old has already confirmed that Cameron Carter-Vickers is set to sit this one out. Whilst several players could be given an opportunity to impress.

There could also be an opportunity for the Celtic manager to introduce some of the Hoops academy talents, who have been playing in the Lowland League this season, to his squad.

So here is a look at a few outside shouts for the first-team squad this weekend from the Celtic B side.

Rocco Vata/Bosun Lawal

If any academy talents are to feature in the matchday squad against Greenock Morton, then the most likely are Bosun Lawal and Rocco Vata.

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The young Irish pairing have already taken their place on the bench in the Scottish Premiership this campaign, and Vata has even made an appearance as a substitute.

It is clear to see that both players are highly rated by not only academy staff but also Ange Postecoglou, who has included the duo in regular first-team training.

So the Celtic manager might be keen to see how they fare off the bench once again, and the Scottish Cup could be an ideal opportunity for him to do just that.

Ben Summers

The youngster is yet to feature in a Celtic squad. However, he has had a brilliant 12 months as part of the Hoops B side.

The technical midfielder is a key player under Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus, and his display in the recent Lowland League Glasgow derby left many supporters impressed.

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Just a matter of weeks ago, Summers was spotted training with the first team group at Lennoxtown, and if it weren’t for injury, he was expected to be jetting off to Sydney with the squad in November.

After his recent involvement with the first team training, he is clearly in the minds of the coaching staff at Parkhead. So, could this weekend be a good opportunity for the Scottish youngster to be involved?

Joey Dawson

The final player in this list could have been a few different options, including Matthew Anderson, who Ange spoke about in Tuesday’s press conference.

However, the most likely option from the B side, in my opinion, may be Joey Dawson.

With the current injury to Giorgos Giakoumakis, the former Socceroos boss might want another natural striker option as part of his squad on Saturday.

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Of course, Dawson has already featured for the first team, making his debut in a 3-1 win over St Johnstone on Boxing Day last season.

The Englishman is also on fire in front of goal at the moment, having scored seven goals in his last four Lowland League outings.

With some suggestions in the media that Championship side Inverness are interested in taking the striker on loan, the test of Greenock Morton off the bench could be a good marker.

As mentioned, there are bound to be changes made to the starting 11 and substitutes bench as the Bhoys take on Greenock Morton this weekend.

Ange Postecoglou will be keen to see his side continue their brilliant run of form and strong performance levels against the second-tier side.

Whether he chooses to include some options from the B team remains to be seen. With the strength and depth of the squad at this moment in time, it will be a difficult choice.

However, his comments in the media on Tuesday on the academy youngsters sounded very positive. So here’s hoping we see a few feature in the matchday squad!

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