Bhoys teenager Fiacre Kelleher excited to play first match at Celtic Park

Celtic's next generation have a huge match next month.

Celtic youngster Fiacre Kelleher has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the Bhoys’ development squad clash with Spanish side Valencia.

The UEFA Youth League play-off takes place next month at Celtic Park and the 19-year-old is excited to fulfil a long-held dream.

While the match does not take place until 10 February there is a considerable amount of preparation going on behind the scenes as it is a one-off clash rather than a two-legged affair, meaning the young Hoops have to be at their best and not let their prestigious surroundings overawe them on the day.

Speaking to about the prospect of playing at the famous ground, Kelleher said, “It’d mean everything. It’d be class. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I came here so it’ll be nice to be on the pitch.

“I was in the squad for the Partick Thistle game in the New Year and did the warm-up but that’s it.”

Celtic have a number of talented young players coming through the ranks right now and Kelleher will be hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of those who have recently been given a chance by manager Ronny Deila.

Kieran Tierney is the perfect example and Kelleher – who took the captains’ armband for the European matches against Puskas earlier this season – certainly has the talent to get there in time.

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