Three Young Celtic players that impressed against Manchester City

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Celtic lost 5-3 on penalties to Manchester City on Thursday in the Premier League International Cup - but it didn't stop a few players impressing.

On Thursday evening, Stephen Frail’s young Celtic side were knocked out of the Premier League International Cup by Manchester City 5-3 on penalties after the game finished 0-0 after 120 minutes.

It was a cruel game to lose as there is little doubt the Scottish side had the best chances to emerge victorious before the lottery of a shootout.

Here are three players that impressed for the Glasgow side despite being eliminated on the night:

Fiacre Kelleher: Centre-Back

The 19-year-old centre-back was excellent on the night for Celtic. Dominant in the air, the City attack really struggled with his size and presence. Without a recognised centre-forward, Kelleher had to deal with the pace and quickness of Jose Pozo, but was up to the challenge.

He went close with a header in the first-half, but it was his ability on the ball that really caught the eye. On a number of occasions he picked out some excellent passes from the back, catching out the City defence on numerous occasions.

Joseph Thomson: Right-Midfield

Thomson scored twice in the UEFA Youth League this season so City knew he would be a player to be wary of, and the 18-year-old Scottish midfielder was a constant menace down the right-flank.

Every so often Thomson would ghost in from the right and Angus Gunn had to be sharp to save from an excellent back post header in the first half. The youngster is quick, but plays with an impressive directness. He doesn’t try to be too over-elaborate on the ball, but tries to make the most of his time in possession.

Michael Duffy: Forward

The Northern Irish forward only signed for Celtic in February and it was clear to see what attracted the side from Parkhead to the 20-year-old.

He was a constant threat to the City defence. He maybe should have done better with the chances that came his way, but he was always alert to any opportunities and came up against an in-form Gunn.

If Duffy continues to show that same level of ability on a consistent basis, it won’t be long until he’s pushing for a place in the first-team squad.

Constantly making runs, hunting for the ball, he looked extremely sharp and already in-sync with his new teammates – the sign of an excellent young footballer.

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