So far, Celtic supporters have been restricted to fleeting glimpses of Theo Archibald’s frightening potential.
That stunning solo goal in a heart-breaking UEFA Youth League defeat to Manchester City in December only confirmed the feeling that the wideman is one of the most exciting prospects in the country but, as yet, Celtic have been reluctant to throw him in at the deep end.
However, since joining League One outfit Albion Rovers in January, Archibald has continued to display class and composure beyond his 19 years.
And, according to manager Darren Young, such attributes could take him far in the game.
“On his day Theo has everything that terrorises defences as he has great pace and trickery,” Young told the Scottish Sun. “When he hits top form and runs at teams you can see them getting worried.
“I am not surprised that clubs are looking at him however he could still have a career at Celtic in my opinion.
“Hopefully his spell here will help him find a really high level of consistency.”
Brentford manager Dean Smith
Yet, the newspaper claimed recently that Archibald’s future may lie away from Celtic Park. Despite manager Brendan Rodgers offering the club’s young players opportunities in the first-team this season, the Scottish Sun reported that Championship side Brentford were in advanced talks with Archibald and were preparing to offer him a three-year deal.
However, perhaps Rodgers should take Young’s praise on board before letting the teenager leave the club. With ability by the bucketload, Archibald at least deserves an opportunity to prove he can make the step up to the senior team next season.
Otherwise Celtic’s loss could certainly be Brentford’s gain.