Celtic announced a piece of positive news related to their youngsters earlier this week.
Celtic’s website reported earlier this week that six of the club’s players had been called into the latest Scotland Under-17 squad.
The news is arguably the biggest positive which has developed for first team boss Ronny Deila since he took over at the club.
It’s a positive for many reasons, but mainly because it shows the future of the first team is safe and secure.
The youth team coaches have done a fantastic job with the younger players at the club and Deila will have options over the next couple of seasons if he wants to make choices, which won’t see him always having to turn to the transfer market.
It’s a fine balance for the current boss because there is a need to use younger players, which gives them a greater chance to develop but there is also pressure at a massive club like Celtic to win and put silverware into the trophy cabinet.
However, Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League are a great example of what can be achieved if players from the academy ranks are given the space and freedom to make the most of a chance to perform in the senior setup.
It will be interesting to see whether Deila gives the youngsters from the academy a chance before the end of the season if the pressure is off and if he turns to them looking ahead to next season, if he needs new options and fresh players.
It’s a sustainable supply line of talent and while Deila may not have a direct say on how the younger players are developed, this is evidence that he needs to let the youth team coaches carry on doing what they’re doing.
The six in question now have a great chance to perform and give themselves a chance of progressing under Deila’s guidance over the next few years.