With Celtic badly depleted ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash against Hibernian on Monday night, it was a much-changed line-up from the one that lost to Rangers last time out.
And one of the changes came up front, where 19-year-old Cameron Harper got a rare chance to impress – the American hadn’t made a single competitive appearance for Neil Lennon’s side before then.
The Hoops, who had Gavin Strachan in the dugout at Parkhead, badly needed the teenager to offset the loss of both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, but sadly for both him and the team, he just struggled to deal with the pressure.
As per Sofascore, he won just two out of the seven duels that he contested, whilst he just couldn’t get involved in the game either, making a measly total of 13 passes.
Apart from one effort that saw him hit the side-netting, Harper didn’t look anything remotely like someone who could be challenging for a first-team spot at Celtic Park anytime soon.
GlasgowLive gave him a match rating of 5 for his performance, saying that whilst he had “lots of energy”, he “didn’t have the end product to match”.
And it was a display that left some fans really scratching their heads about whether he can make a real career at the club, with a few insisting that he just looked so out of his depth.
I very much doubt we'll see Harper in the hoops again, not his fault but you need to take these opportunities when they come along at a club like Celtic
— grimbobaggins (@grimbobaggins1) January 11, 2021
Harper clearly not close to a first team pick at Celtic
— HoopedCorteo (@HCorteo) January 11, 2021
Young Harper playing like a man who doesn’t believe he should be on the pitch. Go and play young man!
— AJ_CELTIC (@AJ_CELTIC) January 11, 2021
What has dembele done behind the scenes BTW. Ten times the player harper is no offense to the young boy but we are as good as having a man down with him in the squad
— Glasgow Celtic 💚 (@Glasgow_celtic7) January 11, 2021
Harper is the weakest link here.. 🍀
— 🍀 Shauny 🍀 (@ShaunyCeltic) January 11, 2021
Harper was gifted an opportunity to really put a marker down and send a message to Lennon about being involved in the first-team for the rest of the season.
But instead, he badly fluffed his lines, and once both Edouard and Griffiths return, it’s hard to imagine Harper seeing any meaningful action anytime soon.