Yet another youngster set to walk out of Celtic

By John McGinley

March 18, 2021

Celtic’s inability to retain young talents has been a real concern for supporters over the last couple of years.

Prospects such as Liam Morrison, Barry Hepburn, Josh Adam, Cameron Harper and Liam Hughes have all left Lennoxtown to pursue careers elsewhere.

You can’t really blame them. When Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City come calling, the reality is that will turn a young player’s head in the modern age.

However, given the scale of departures, there are worries that the club aren’t doing enough to entice young players to stay.

Yet another teenager could be about to leave too.

Young goalkeeper Vincent Angelini has rejected the contract advances of Celtic and is now seeking a playing opportunity in the English Premier League.

The Daily Record report that Brighton & Hove Albion have offered him the chance to train down south on trial, which is awaiting the green light from Celtic.

Angelini’s current deal expires in the summer and the club will be due compensation for his exit. He is set to say goodbye to Glasgow after links with Manchester United and Milan.

Bridge between youth teams and Celtic senior side too great

Goalkeepers are always going to find it tough to break into a senior set-up, but that’s two shot-stoppers with potential who will leave the club in the space of six months.

Liam Hughes is already making progress at Liverpool and was named in a first-team match squad recently.

It’s not as if players in other positions are flooding into the first-team set-up either. Stephen Welsh had to wait years for an opportunity and is only getting a chance now because of circumstance.

Celtic Park / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Cameron Harper was handed a debut with just months remaining on his contract.

The bridge between the youth and development sides at Celtic is just too great and that is surely a factor in young players deciding their future lies elsewhere.

Angelini is unlikely to be a starter for Brighton anytime soon if he does make the switch but with recognised U23 football against other elite youth systems an appealing alternative, his decision to exit is something of a no brainer.

Celtic need to find solutions, and quickly.

In other news, Fergal Harkin’s credentials for a Celtic job have been talked up this week.