Celtic’s under-20 coach Stevie Frail has been speaking to the club’s official website about his side’s failure to find consistency this season.
Following their 1-1 draw with Dunfermline on Monday, Frail said, “We need consistency of performance from them to develop and go to the next level.
“John Kennedy (Celtic’s first-team coach) was there and he’ll not be filled with a lot of hope after watching that because this is their platform to go and play, to go and do well and try to get to the first-team on a regular basis.”
Celtic’s young players have impressed on many occasions this season, but Frail’s harsh words are necessary as the Bhoys’ next generation attempt to force their way into a side one trophy closer to the treble after their Scottish League Cup triumph last weekend.
Mentioning Kennedy’s presence for the match is likely to have quite an impact, because Celtic’s youngsters will be hoping to impress manager Ronny Deila. Instead, Kennedy is likely to return with relatively bad news, at least according to Frail.
The young Hoops must “roll their sleeves up” according to their coach, and if they do that they could yet impress a manager who has shown he is not afraid to play teenagers when they are good enough, as Jason Denayer has proved so emphatically.
Some of Celtic’s young stars in the making could even get a chance at the end of the current campaign if the league is wrapped up with time to spare, and they will know that every performance for the under-20s is noticed.
Who knows, Frail’s recent words could yet be the catalyst that ultimately fires one of his teenagers into the first-team.