At a time when our playing style and performances are so rank I’ve not been able to write an upbeat article about it for weeks, I am thrilled today to have something very nice to say, and particularly pleased that I can do it in the first article on this site for this year.
Today, the Development Team took on Hamilton and even with a few first team players in the squad one player ran the show, scored twice and stood head and shoulders above everyone.
His name? Aidan Nesbitt, our star of the future.
I’ve been following the career of this kid for a while, since before last year’s Youth Cup Final against Sevco where his every touch of the ball was quite brilliant and he scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win. Those who have CelticTV will know this kid well.
I am hugely optimistic about his talents and my luck this evening using my Virgin Poker promo code.
He clearly has some way to go, and the club is letting him develop at his own pace instead of pushing him into the front line, but those who’ve watched him know he’s going to get there.
He made his first team debut against Raith Rovers last year, and that’s just the start.
He’ll be showing up in the squad on a regular basis before this season ends.
His performances in the Development Side have been stellar.
He has already been named in just about every one of the media’s “Best Young Players in Scotland” lists, and this comes on top of winning a place in the Under 17’s European Championship’s Team of the Tournament as the only player from Scotland who did.
The kid is humble for one with so much talent.
Whenever I’ve seen him interviewed he comes across maturely and well.
That will stand him in good stead; he’s not yet 19 but you only have to think of players like Islam Feruz and Tony Watt, who’s attitude issues have seen them go on a transfer merry-go-round since they left Celtic Park, in spite of their obvious talent, to understand how big a deal that is.
On the park, he’s got all the attributes to be a fine, fine player.
Off the field, he seems to have that professionalism and mental toughness to put the game first; to think about it 24/7 and to want to develop at the proper pace. He’s not been “banging on the manager’s door” and trying to force his way into the team; he’s been patient and kept his ego in check.
All of this convinces me that we’re seeing the emergence of a major talent.
The one difficulty he has is that we’ve got a midfield which is already packed out … and that makes it tough for him.
But that’s where the real prize is, because if he can keep on doing what he’s doing that won’t matter at all.
Talent will win the day.
It always does.
And then the world, the whole world, is at his feet.
What a thrill it is to see the emergence of a genuinely exciting talent, following on the heels of young Kieran Tierney, who already looks like an indespensible part of the Celtic first team squad. More power to these young guys. This is what we want to see, above all.