Has Celtic's Jamie McCart proven he's the real deal in Rangers win?

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

The young defender is going from strength to strength at Inverness after joining from Celtic last month.

Celtic's Jamie McCart

Celtic’s decision to loan 19-year-old defender Jamie McCart to Inverness for the remainder of the season appears nothing short of a stroke of genius.

The teenage centre-back, the son of the Celtic’s Youth Academy chief Chris, hadn’t sampled even a single second of competitive league football until he made the lengthy journey north in January but, after less than a month in Caley colours, he is already demonstrating why he is so highly rated within the walls of Parkhead.

McCart is now three games into his Inverness career and, after retaining his place following an assured showing in the recent 1-1 draw with Hearts, the youngster helped drag his current club off the bottom of the table with a shock 2-1 win against Rangers on Friday.

And his performance, notable for its maturity, awareness and intelligent positioning, will have only boosted his chances of forcing his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team next season. McCart was arguably the best player on the pitch at the Caledonian Stadium and the fact that he helped put Celtic’s Old Firm rivals to the sword will not have harmed his popularity on the green half of Glasgow.

Chelsea's Kasey Palmer in action against Celtic's Jamie McCart (R)

"It is a hostile environment coming here, something you would never experience playing Under-20s with Celtic," McCart told Herald Scotland earlier in the week. "That is why I am so glad that the manager and Inverness gave me this opportunity.”

Despite making the substantial step up from the youth ranks to the senior game, McCart looks at home in the Scottish top flight. The question is, will he be wearing green next season?

Chelsea's Kasey Palmer in action against Celtic's Jamie McCart (L)

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