'Great news', 'he is class': Some Celtic fans react to club announcement

YEREVAN , ARMENIA - 21 July 2019; Barry Coffey of Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the 2019 UEFA U19 European Championship Finals group B match...

Celtic have announced that Parkhead academy ace Barry Coffey has extended his Hoops contract - will he earn a spot in Neil Lennon's first team this year?

Wiktor Plesnierowicz of Poland passes the ball next to Barry Coffey of Republic of Ireland during UEFA Under-17 Championship Elite Round Group 3 match between Poland and Republic of...

A number of Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to congratulate Hoops academy midfielder Barry Coffey for extending his contract at Parkhead.

The 18-year-old, who joined Celtic in the summer of 2017, has penned a new deal until the end of the 2021-22 season, as confirmed by the official Bhoys website.

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Coffey, a Republic of Ireland Under-19 international, was impressive for Tommy McIntyre’s reserves last term.

 

 

The central midfielder was rewarded for his efforts by being called up by Neil Lennon for Celtic's pre-season training camp in Austria and Switzerland in June, where he turned out against Pinkafeld.

In the weeks that followed, Coffey represented his country at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, and now he will seek to catch Neil Lennon's eye by continuing to impress for the youth and reserve sides.

Coffey is yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for Celtic but, given Jeremie Frimpong made his Bhoys senior debut when he was 18, the possibility of breaking into Lennon's setup is high.

Here is what some Celtic fans have been saying about Coffey on social media:

YEREVAN , ARMENIA - 21 July 2019; Barry Coffey of Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the 2019 UEFA U19 European Championship Finals group B match...

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