The Celtic talent with undoubted potential who could use spell away from club

By Euan Davidson

January 7, 2022

On these pages, we like Celtic Academy talent Owen Moffat a lot.

What’s not to like? He’s a homegrown attacking talent, something Celtic haven’t had a lot of in recent years. He’s been tearing it up for the B Team with Tommy McIntyre, and has even got a Premier Sports Cup winner’s medal in his cabinet these days.

Making two appearances late in 2021, Moffat became the first B Team player to really use his SLFL momentum to get in Ange Postecoglou’s reckoning.

Now, though, there’s something of a limbo. While Moffat hasn’t made enough first-team appearances to rule him out of the B Team, it might be prudent to consider another option.

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Sending Moffat out on loan to an SPFL club.

The potential is undoubtedly there. With a quality range of shooting, pace to burn and fearlessness on the ball, there’s real hope for Moffat going forward. But now he’s had a taste of first-team football, is it entirely wise to keep him in the SLFL?

There’d surely be interest from at least SPFL Championship sides. The chance of playing regularly at a higher level might be the making of him. Because with Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Jota, Mikey Johnston and Giorgos Giakoumakis ahead of him when fit, options under Ange are at a premium this season.

It feels odd to say that, given his recent exploits. And it’s no criticism; but the fact is when everyone’s fit, Moffat is unlikely to be in the short-term picture. So, why not see how the loan market looks for the high-potential Academy Bhoy?

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A loan move could be the making of Celtic Academy talent Owen Moffat

Again, I’m at pains to say this; none of this is any criticism of Moffat. Not at all. Personally, I think he has the potential to be a starter for Celtic in years to come.

However, when injuries subside at Celtic, his opportunities are going to be inherently limited. And again, now he’s had that taste of the prime time, it could be a really wise move to see what he can do starring regularly at a level just below Celtic’s first-team.

The talent is there. He’s been a name to watch for years now, and he’s shown real courage and tenacity in taking his opportunities under Ange Postecoglou. Injuries notwithstanding, Moffat had to have impressed the Greek-Aussie boss in training to get his chances against St Mirren and Hibernian.

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Loan moves haven’t worked out for everyone, of course, but Postecoglou and Nicholson seem to have a more considered approach. Luca Connell returning to Queen’s Park was a good idea. Kerr McInroy has impressed for Airdrie. Barry Coffey; so good, Cork City loaned him twice [Herald].

Getting the optimal club for the young star, after gauging interest, is imperative. The last thing Celtic or Moffat would want is to be stuck on a bench elsewhere.

But to release his undoubted potential, it’s certainly something to consider for Celtic. B Team football is nothing to be sniffed at, and Moffat’s rise has illustrated the usefulness of Tommy McIntyre’s project.

To really unleash Moffat though, an SPFL opportunity might just be the making of him.

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