Tommy McIntyre has been speaking about his young Celtic side.
Celtic’s under-17 coach Tommy McIntyre has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of his side’s Glasgow Cup final against Rangers this evening.
The match takes place at Hampden Park and is a chance for youngsters from both sides to experience playing on the big stage, knowing full well a good performance could get the attention of their respective first-team managers.
McIntyre has highlighted the progress of Kieran Tierney as a reason for his current crop to take this match seriously.
The 17-year-old played in last season’s showpiece event and has been making waves for the under-20s this season, to such an extent that he made his debut for Celtic’s first-team in the recent Scottish Premiership game against Dundee.
Tierney played the last nine minutes of that fixture and he has also been on the bench on four other recent occasions, suggesting Celtic manager Ronny Deila has high hopes for him.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s under-17 clash, McIntyre said, “You see the example of Kieran Tierney who played in the Glasgow Cup final last year and just the other week he made his debut for the first-team. This is what it is all about.”
It certainly is, and both McIntyre and Deila will know they have young players at the club who will be desperate to be the next big thing. The question is: Do they have the mentality and the talent to be long-term successes at Celtic Park?