Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side head into Wednesday evening’s Scottish Premiership clash against Ross County in a fantastic run of form, remaining undefeated over their last 11 league outings.
However, following yet more casualties in the 1-0 win over Motherwell last weekend, the 56-year-old manager will more than likely have something of a selection migraine rather than the usual headache going into the fixture at Victoria Park.
Indeed, all of Kyogo Furuhashi, Albian Ajeti, Giorgos Giakoumakis, James Forrest, Mikey Johnston and Jota look as if they will be unavailable for selection against the Staggies, something that could well leave Postecoglou no other choice but to field a number of his younger talents on Wednesday night.
And, after highly impressing for Celtic B this season, in addition to being brought into first-team training this week, now would appear to be the perfect time for the Bhoys boss to finally unleash the Hoops’ 19-year-old sensation, Owen Moffat.
The left-winger has been in sensational form for Tommy McIntyre’s reserve team in the current campaign, topping the club’s scoring charts in the Scottish Lowland League with 11 goals to his name.
However, not only is the youngster quite clearly a prolific goalscorer, but he is also a scorer of great goals, with perhaps the pick of the bunch being his audacious lob in a 5-1 win over the University of Stirling earlier this season.
In the closing stages of the match in question, Moffatt plucks a high ball out of the air with a fantastic first touch, taking him away from an onrushing defender, before deftly chipping the ball over the opposition goalkeeper from a good 40 yards out.
Indeed, finishing very much appears to be a strong suit of the forward’s game, with Celtic captain Callum McGregor having previously commented on the teenager’s ability in front of goal.
The 28-year-old said of the young winger: “His attitude has been first-class. I remember watching him at the end of last season. Every day he would do finishing, and I remember thinking, ‘he’s got a finish on him’.”
As such, while the Premiership is undoubtedly a huge step up from the Lowland League, it would very much appear as if Moffatt is more than ready for his big chance on Wednesday evening.