Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has shown signs that he is willing to promote players from the club’s youth ranks during his Parkhead tenure thus far, with the 57-year-old having most recently handed a senior debut to 17-year-old starlet, Rocco Vata.
The Republic of Ireland youth international – who is the son of former Hoops defender Rudi Vata – has seemingly been rewarded for his sparkling form in the academy ranks of late, having scored 11 goals in 24 games across all fronts this term.
That includes a tally of nine goals in just 15 Lowland League games for the Old Firm outfit’s ‘B’ team, with the playmaker notably scoring in the recent 5-2 thrashing of Rangers B at the end of last month.
Unsurprisingly, however, such scintillating form has caught the attention of clubs across Europe, with recent reports in Italy suggesting that the likes of AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, among others, are all keeping tabs on his progress.
Were the Glasgow side to lose the highly-coveted sensation any time soon, Postecoglou could will fill that void by unleashing another teenage gem in the form of Bruno Davidson, with the 18-year-old midfielder also thriving at youth level this season.
The young Scotsman – who has been tipped to turn out for Canada at international level – has blossomed after making the step up to the ‘B’ team this season, scoring five goals and laying on five assists in his 16 Lowland League outings to date.
The Singapore-born dynamo is clearly “one to watch” – according to The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke – with the youngster having been “causing some buzz” among Canadian fans amid the prospect of representing the North American nation.
While a first-team bow has thus far eluded the versatile sensation – who can feature on the flanks or in a central midfield role – if he is able to maintain this current hot streak it may not be too long before he is handed a chance by Postecoglou.
The emerging talent is clearly highly thought of by those at Paradise with reports earlier this season suggesting that a new contract could be in the offing, with his existing deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Keeping hold of Davidson should well be a priority as far as Postecoglou is concerned, with the title-winning coach also needing to show faith in the sparkling asset and give him a chance to shine in the first team.