While Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side currently find themselves on a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions, with seven of these results being victories, the recent injury to attacking midfielder Tom Rogic has highlighted the Hoops’ rather considerable lack of depth in the Australian’s position.
Indeed, other than David Turnbull, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss does not possess another senior option in attacking midfield, leading to suggestions that Postecoglou should look to bring a new forward-thinking midfielder in during the January transfer window.
However, before doing so, it may well be a wise move to take a closer look at one of the club’s extremely promising up and coming talents – in the form of Owen Moffat.
Having joined Celtic at the age of eight, the 19-year-old has gradually worked his way up through the Hoops youth sides, before being introduced to first-team training during the club’s 2020/21 campaign.
This season, the youngster has proven to be one of the star players for Celtic’s B team side, scoring 12 goals in the Lowland Football League, including a haul of five in a 10-0 victory over Vale of Leithen back in August.
Indeed, these performances have led to some suggesting that the midfielder deserves a shot in the first-team, while Callum McGreggor is also clearly a fan of the teenager, stating after Moffat’s goal in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday during pre-season: “Obviously a mention for young Moffatt, his attitude has been first class.
“I remember watching him at the end of last season, training on the astro himself. Every day they would do finishing and I remember thinking ‘he’s got a finish on him’. I wasn’t surprised yesterday when it dropped and he half-volleyed it into the net. It’s brilliant for guys like that to come in and show what they can do.”
As such, considering Postecoglou’s lack of depth in attack midfield, coupled with the obvious potential Mowatt quite clearly possesses, it would seem highly advisable for the 56-year-old to finally unleash the youngster in the coming weeks, as he could end up saving Celtic millions of pounds in January transfer fees, as well as solving a huge problem for the Bhoys manager.