Despite appearances from recognised senior players such as Callum McGregor, Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti across the last couple of games, our first two pre-season fixtures have been top-heavy with talented young players from the club’s development squad.
The likes of Karamoko Dembele, Adam Montgomery and Ewan Henderson are well known to many, whilst others such as Owan Moffat, Leo Hjelde and Dane Murray have yet to come to prominence.
However for all of these youngsters, there will never be a better opportunity to make the grade at Celtic. Many are at the cross-roads of their Celtic careers and now is their time to shine.
The senior players will return in numbers of course for the next couple of friendlies and they should (I repeat should!) be joined by several new signings in the coming weeks, but such is the state of flux at the club at this time then the door is open for any youngster who impresses Ange in the coming weeks.
As fans we know that first team ready signings are an absolute must as we look to re-build, and this should be the club’s priority at this time. The manager must be supported with new signings imminently.
However, as a fan base we also love nothing more than seeing one of our own make the grade and this could be the opportunity for several of our youngsters to stake their claim for a place in Ange’s new look Celtic.
In this week’s episode we also review the pre-season games so far, the instant changes that Ange has implemented, and look ahead at what we can expect in the coming games as we prepare for our forthcoming UCL qualifier with FC Midjytlland.