The 3 exciting Celtic youngsters we want to see break through in 2021

By John McGinley

December 25, 2020

The pressure is on Celtic this year.

From the Quadruple Treble to ten-in-a-row, the expectancy is even higher than usual.

You can’t really blame Neil Lennon for not bringing through youngsters recently then.

If our established first-team stars are struggling with the mental side of the game this term, then fresh-faced teenagers could simply wilt if exposed to too much football.

However, there are a number of talented youngsters at Lennoxtown, and out on loan, who we hope to see far more of in 2021.

We’ve picked three of the most promising who can make a push for senior action over the next 12 months.

Scott Robertson

Celtic’s midfield is an especially tricky area to break into right now. Scott Brown and Callum McGregor are the stalwarts, with Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull now showing their worth.

That’s why Scott Robertson is out on loan at English League One side Gillingham.

He’s showing exciting progress down there though, impressing manager Steve Evans on a regular basis and winning plaudits from Gills supporters.

The 19-year-old has had limited exposure to the Celtic first-team already. However, the next 12 months could be massive for him.

If he overcomes injuries to make a big impact at Gillingham in the second half of the season, there’s every chance he finds more chances in the senior side heading into next season.

Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson / (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Cameron Harper

Young Cameron Harper has yet to make his Celtic debut but is surely closing in on that achievement.

The teenage United States youth international is impressing at Lennoxown and has already made matchday squads this season.

An attacker, who can play on the wings or through the middle, is also scoring goals for our youth and reserve games, on the odd occasion that matches are arranged in the midst of the pandemic.

US youth coaches are also said to be impressed with his progress and, of all the youths currently at Lennoxtown yet to make their debut, he may be the most promising.

Hopefully we can sort out his long-term future and provide a pathway towards senior action.

Celtic youngster Cameron Harper / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Stephen Welsh

Welsh has already been thrown into the deep end at Celtic this year, yet hasn’t really been given the faith of regular football.

Because of injuries, he played in the ill-fated derby against Rangers earlier this season. That was a defeat but the youngster showed maturity on the pitch and in his media duties.

Now 20, the Lennoxtown graduate is at a critical stage of his career and could really do with week-to-week action.

With Kristoffer Ajer’s long-term future in doubt and Shane Duffy only on loan for the season, the young centre-half could find his first-team chances coming along quickly over the next 12 months.