Celtic’s Luke Donnelly comments on his best position

Celtic Stands

Donnelly is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Celtic ranks.

Speaking to the CelticView, Luke Donnelly addressed the questions over his best position, having netted four goals in a 6-0 thrashing of Hibernian in the Scottish Youth Cup last week.

The 19-year-old starlet said: “I’ve never really thought of myself as an out-and-out striker, but I always seem to be getting on the end of things these days. I would see myself as more of a creator than a goal-scorer, but to score four against Hibs was good.”

Officially, Donnelly is listed as an attacking midfielder, usually taking up the space just behind the actual striker and creating play, rather than scoring.

However, that victory over Hibs showed a natural goalscoring talent that suggested he could play in a more advanced role when needed.

Yet, Donnelly clearly believes he is more of a midfielder, and that is the role in which he was played in during a loan spell with League Two side East Stirlingshire at the beginning of this campaign.

Featuring either through the centre or as a right-sided midfielder, he netted one goal and registered one assist in 12 games.

He was also played as a midfielder in a section of Celtic’s UEFA Youth League games this season, suggesting that he is set to continue in the deeper role.

Many may feel that his natural goalscoring talents will be wasted if he is utilised as the deeper style player rather than a striker, but if he can keep up his impressive form in front of goal whilst still creating play, Celtic may just have an exceptional talent on their hands.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch