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Leeds United talent Joshua Rae makes breakthrough after Celtic exit

A general view of Elland Road as play continues in the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on December 8, 2018 in...

Leeds United youngster Joshua Rae featured for the under-23s for the first time.

A general view of Elland Road as play continues in the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on December 8, 2018 in...

Leeds United youngster Joshua Rae was called into action last night for the under-23s.

The teenage goalkeeper came off he bench in the Premier League Cup match last night after Harrison Male was sent off.

 

Rae had predicted a big end to the season. Little did he know it would come in these circumstances.

He sent a message on Monday, making clear he expected to be start stepping up a level.

Leeds acquired Rae from Celtic in 2017 and he has worked his way from the under-18s into the under-23 set up.

BBC Sport reported in 2014 how Celtic beat competition from Everton to land Rae.

This was after he made his debut for Hamilton's under-20 side at just 13.

Now he is on Leeds' books and last night he got his breakthrough for the under-23s against Fulham.

The score was 2-2 when he came on midway through the second half, before it went to extra time.

He held out, with the game going to penalties. Rae's dream night saw Leeds win 5-4 in the shootout, even though he didn't make a save, with Fulham skying over the bar. He was mobbed by celebrating teammates all the same.

This was an invaluable experience for the youngster and a spell of games could follow.

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

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