Celtic coach on Arsenal legend's praise for Bhoys youngsters

Celtic's youngsters earned plaudits from Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira yesterday, after they ran his Manchester City U21 side close.

Celtic development squad manager Stevie Frail has told the club's official website that Manchester City academy boss Patrick Vieira had kind words for his players after the two sides met in Premier League International Cup semi-final yesterday.

Celtic took Manchester City to penalties after playing out a 0-0 draw with the English giants, putting in an excellent performance, but they could not quite not finish the job.

City eventually won the tie on penalties, but Vieira was complementary about Celtic's youngsters after the match - feeling that the intensity they played at had threatened his side and caused them plenty of problems.

“Manchester City are a top side, and we had some nice words from Patrick Vieira, their coach after the game and before the penalty shoot-out," said Frail. "He said well done and complimented us on the intensity we had played at, so that was nice to hear."

For Celtic to compete with City helps to highlight the quality that they have coming through their ranks, and they can feel very proud of their efforts.

City have invested heavily in their youth development since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of the club and now have some of the hottest prospects from around the world working at some of the best facilities.

The Bhoys, on the other hand, do not have the luxury of being able to scour the globe for talent and have to produce their own home-grown stars of tomorrow.

As a result, it is a tribute to the ability and fight the current players in their youth team ranks have that they were able to run City so close, and Celtic supporters will be hoping that many of the side that played against Vieira's men fulfil their obvious potential.

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