Fasan, Tierney and McMullan: Three Celtic youngsters with a first-team spot in their sights

Stevie Frail has said some of his young Hoops are close to a first-team spot - so could it be these three?

In a recent interview with Celtic’s official website, under-20 coach Stevie Frail commented that some of the young Hoops were not too far from a first-team chance.

Whether that will come in what is left of this season or further down the line remains to be seen, but there is no doubt Celtic have a number of young players who could one day turn out regularly for Ronny Deila’s first-team.

Here we take a look at three players who were involved in Celtic under-20s’ recent match against Rangers, who could be the ones Frail is referring to:

Paul McMullan

Paul McMullan is a 19-year-old forward who can also operate on the wing if required.

He is rated extremely highly at Celtic Park and is arguably the player closest to making his mark in the senior side despite his age.

Deila has already shown he is not afraid to give young players an opportunity if they are deemed good enough and McMullan is certainly that.

He is currently on loan at Stenhousemuir where he has scored two goals and provided two assists in eight appearances but he returned to turn out against Rangers earlier this week.

Kieran Tierney

Wide player Kieran Tierney is only 17 but he is well on the way to making a debut he has dreamed of for some time.

The lifelong Celtic supporter first signed for the Bhoys when he was just seven and 10 years later he is making waves for the under-20 side.

He first turned out for Celtic’s senior side in a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur and expect him to again be involved in Deila’s summer plans.

Leonardo Fasan

Leonardo Fasan may have a very big obstacle in his path for a first-team place – Craig Gordon – but he has impressed enough to be second choice from next season onwards.

The 21-year-old Italian has a contract until the summer of 2017 and he will know that a chance could come his way this summer to impress.

While there is no way he will usurp Gordon given the Scotland international’s outstanding form, Fasan could get chances when the former Sunderland stopper is rested or unavailable.

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