It’s been some week indeed for Celtic fans and players. The scenes after the late goal from Liel Abada against Dundee United at the weekend were memorable. And the 3-0 Glasgow Derby victory over the Rangers added more great moments to Ange Postecoglou’s first season in charge of the Hoops. Both matches saw the introduction of the 16-year-old, Ben Doak, who fans will be hoping to be a big part of the team in years to come.
Doak came on as a substitute for Anthony Ralston in the 68th minute of the win over Dundee United to make an impressive debut and then played the last few minutes of the midweek Glasgow Derby against the Rangers.
We hadn’t heard much about the youngster until very recently with some rumours suggesting that the likes of Liverpool are interested in him. He may have only recently turned 16 years of age but has shown signs that he is one to keep an eye on for the future. Doak made some good runs, did not look intimidated at all by the experience and clearly enjoyed the celebrations after the final whistle.
As reported by The Scotsman, Postecoglou revealed that it was Stephen McManus who had brought him into the group:
“Ben’s been training with us for a while.
“It was Stephen McManus, actually, who brought him into the group. He’s a fantastic kid who comes from a good family. He looked really composed for his age.”
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Interest from English Premier League clubs like Liverpool is always a concern and recent rumours suggest that the Hoops are keen to keep hold of Doak for the long-term.
After his debut against Dundee United, Doak wrote on Instagram:
“Proud moment for me and my family. What an honor to make my debut for the club ive supported my full life.”
Hopefully the experience and electric atmosphere of Parkhead, especially for a lifelong fan, makes Doak want to remain at Celtic for the foreseeable future. Postecoglou has given youngsters their chance throughout the season and you’d expect that to continue. That is great news for the club and all the youth players seeking to breakthrough into the first-team. Opportunities are there to be taken.
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