Report: Ronny Deila picks out three Celtic youngsters who have impressed on tour

Joe Thomson scored his first Celtic goal in a friendly against Sparta Prague.

Ronny Deila has praised three Celtic youngsters who have shown promise on the club's mid-season tour, commenting on the club's official website.

17-year-old striker Joe Thomson scored the club's second goal in a 3-2 friendly loss to Sparta Prague, enhancing his reputation.

Thomson has already scored this season in the UEFA Youth League, and has two goals in two games for Scotland's under-18 side. 

Deila praised the young striker, and also picked out two other prospects who he felt stood out.

He said: "Joe played well, together with Paul McMullan who did a good job and Jamie Lindsay who did very well today.

"It’s nice to see. They have grown a lot in only a week and they have got some confidence from taking part with the first-team and that’s very important."

McMullan is an 18-year-old striker who himself has played six games in the UEFA Youth League this season, and has played for and scored for Scotland at under-19 level. 

Lindsay is a 19-year-old defender with an eye for goal, netting twice in the UEFA Youth League, and himself is an under-19 international.

Giving chances to the youngsters is exactly what such a training camp is for, and gives Deila more knowledge about the academy prospects which can help his long-term planning.

While it's unlikely any of the trio will crack the first team this season, Thomson's goal probably gives him the best chance of a run out at some stage, but all three will be delighted to have caught their manager's attention, and seized their opportunity.

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