Celtic's under-19 side invited to take part in prestigious summer tournament

Celtic's next generation get the chance to play against some other top sides this summer.

Celtic’s under-20 side will take part in a prestigious summer tournament including some of the biggest names in European football.

As reported by the club’s official website, Stevie Frail’s side will pit their wits against young players from Arsenal, AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven and it could be the perfect chance for the Bhoys’ next generation to show Ronny Deila they are ready for the step up.

The Durban U19 International Football Tournament will take place from July 29 to August 8 and it is expected that a number of the young Hoops will be involved, players who have caught the eye of Frail this season.

That said, first-team boss Ronny Deila may opt to include some of the youngsters in his travelling party, so it will be interesting to see who is deemed ready for senior duties and who will be given the chance to play in the tournament.

A number of young Celtic players look set for their first-team debuts sooner rather than later, including Paul McMullan and Kieran Tierney, and at 19 and 17 respectively, they could yet turn out for either coach’s side this summer.

Whatever happens, the competition will allow Celtic to play against some exciting talent, with some of Arsenal’s next generation surely intent on making their own statement as they push for a first-team spot of their own.

But a solid performance here and a Celtic youngster or two could play their way firmly into Deila's first-team plans down the line.

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