Celtic coach Stevie Frail praises third-choice stopper Leonardo Fasan

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The 21-year-old Italian has been in good form for the Celtic development squad this season.

Celtic’s development squad manager Stevie Frail believes his young goalkeeper has what it takes to become a first-teamer at Parkhead. Leo Fasan was excellent in a recent youth team game against Dunfermline, which Celtic won 3-0. After the game Frail mentioned to the official Celtic website that he was impressed with the Italian, who saved a penalty in the fixture, and stated his belief he can start pushing Craig Gordon for the number one spot at the club:

"They had a few shots in the second half but Leo dealt with that and saved their penalty so a special mention goes to him, I thought he was terrific.

“That makes it sound as if we were under pressure but these are the saves he had to make and they were first class.

“We try to play it out from the back and he was working that too. He was getting the ball out from side to side and was using the centre-backs and full-backs so I’m really pleased with the performance from Leo.

“He’s developing really well. He’s developing well because of the games but a lot of the credit goes to Leo for that...

“You can see the rewards of that and hopefully he can keep going and hopefully push Craig [Gordon]."

Fasan signed his first professional deal with Celtic in August last year after four years with the club as a non-contracted starlet. He has since gone on to impress for the development squad at the club and he also featured for Celtic in several pre-season friendlies in the summer.

The departure of Fraser Forster in the summer has also bumped him up the keeper listings and the 21-year-old is now third-choice stopper at the Glasgow club.

He is yet to feature for the first-team but has been on the bench three times in the SPL this season when Craig Gordon has been injured.

With Gordon and Zaluska both on the wrong side of 30 it is certainly good to know that Celtic’s goalkeeping future is seemingly in good hands.

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