Celtic teenager Fiacre Kelleher praises brilliant teammates and looks ahead to Helsinki clash

The Celtic teenager is remaining focused despite a comfortable UEFA Youth League lead.

Young Celtic defender Fiacre Kelleher has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the under-19 clash with Helsinki this week.

The young Hoops won the first leg of their UEFA Youth League qualifying match 5-0 earlier this month, due in no small part to Aidan Nesbitt’s hat-trick. But despite that comfortable lead, Kelleher is taking nothing for granted.

Speaking to celticfc.net, the under-19 captain said, “We just want the same mind-set going into the game and to go after it. We won’t sit back and we’ll be aggressive.

“We have been brilliant this season and there have been a lot of new faces and fresh blood in the squad, but everyone’s pushing really hard and you can see it in training every day.”

Celtic have many promising young players coming through the ranks right now and Bhoys manager Ronny Deila looks set to benefit from their presence for years to come.

The Celtic boss has already shown he is not afraid to give youth a chance and Kelleher will know he could ultimately be rewarded with a first-team shot if he continues in his current vein of form.

The centre-back has plenty of competition for places but many of his young teammates have already stepped up for the Scottish champions and the Irish under-19 international could ultimately do the same.

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