Celtic players send farewell Instagram messages to Ben Doak as he officially signs for Liverpool
Ben Doak has publicly shared he is signing for Liverpool for the first time today, posting on his official Instagram account.
It’s been well known for a number of weeks that Doak’s intention was to sign for the English Premier League side after making a breakthrough in the Celtic set-up this season.
Doak, still just 16, said on social media: “Looking forward to a new chapter 🤩🔴”
Among the well-wishers sending farewell comments to the young attacker were Stephen Welsh, Bosun Lawal, Josh Dede and Dane Murray, all of who are hoping to make a sustained first-team breakthrough at the Bhoys.
There will be disappointment amongst Celtic supporters that Doak has taken this career step given his potential. However, the player clearly feels this move is the best thing for his personal and career development.
Doak has been highly rated at the Bhoys and was even given first-team minutes by Ange Postecoglou in matches against Rangers and Dundee United earlier in the season.
Ultimately Celtic have to adapt to the challenges of retaining the best young talent at the club in a modern environment where the biggest clubs in the biggest leagues have the pulling power.
Doak isn’t the first player to leave Celtic at a young age in recent years with others making the switch to Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool.
The hope is that after making changes last summer, the club can begin to better bridge the gap between youth teams and the senior set-up under Postecoglou.