Eboue Kouassi has been in Brendan Rodgers’ good books of late and is beginning to impress Celtic fans with his displays.
Brendan Rodgers has opted for a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks as part of his attempt to make best use of the senior players he has available to him.
The transition to a back three has allowed the Northern Irishman to incorporate new signing Jack Hendry into the mix and pick up some valuable playing time alongside two centre-half teammates as opposed to one.
This has also allowed Celtic to deploy a trio of central midfielders, in the absence of more attack-minded players such as Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic.
One individual who has particularly benefited from the new trial system is 20-year-old Ivorian Eboue Kouassi, who is beginning to enjoy a run of games as opposed to single cameo appearances here and there.
Kouassi joined from Russian Premier League side Krasnodar just over a year ago, but he has rarely featured for the Celts.
Last season saw him make only five appearances, however, the youngster has been involved in the last three games and Celtic fans have begun to warm to him.
The 20-year-old impressed, coming off the bench against Hibs in the recent 1-0 victory at Celtic Park and has earned two starts since then.
After his neat 20-minute display against Hibs, fans were calling to see more of Kouassi in the coming games and Rodgers has given the Parkhead faithful exactly what they wanted.
Just about spot on. Eboue Kouassi looked good when he came on HH
— Celtic (@Con_Shaunnery) 27 January 2018
Desperate to see more of @ebouekouassi97 In a Celtic jersey. Love his style right on top of the opposition and always demanding the ball. Hope to see more of him.
— Chris ⭐️ (@chriskwalsh89) 31 January 2018
— Mark Sinclair (@s1nky86) 31 January 2018
@ebouekouassi97 what a great performance lastnight Eboue lots of fight and skill I hope to see more of this from you in the team HH COYBIG
— Ritchietheforky (@ritchietheforky) 31 January 2018
@ebouekouassi97 great game last night – long may it continue
— the lurgan tiger (@neil1856) 31 January 2018
@ebouekouassi97 great to see you get the full 90mins last night and with a great performance to.
— J (@jasonpl) 31 January 2018
Really hope @ebouekouassi97 gets a start again today
— JL (@paperheart_0) 3 February 2018
Delighted to see @ebouekouassi97 getting another start
— Darren Graham (@jdarreng2110) 3 February 2018
It appears that despite their severe injury woes, Celtic are able to take some positives from the current situation.
If this run of games can help Kouassi to establish himself as a senior Celtic player, the club will be there to reap the rewards in the coming games, months and even years.
It will be interesting to see whether or not the young Ivorian is included in Rodgers’ plans for next week’s Zenit St Petersburg tie, especially with the recent news that Stuart Armstrong is on course to return to fitness ahead of the fixture.