Despite having broken into the Celtic first-team earlier this season, Ben Doak looks as if he is already on the way out of Parkhead, with Liverpool reportedly set to sign the versatile right-winger on professional terms in the coming days.
And, while the loss of one of the club’s most exciting youth prospects on a free transfer will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Ange Postecoglou and his side, there are still a number of exceptionally talented players currently making their way through the various age groups at Lennoxtown.
One such player is 20-year-old Owen Moffat, a player who, like Doak, also made his senior debut this season, something that would appear to suggest the winger could well be ready to take the 16-year-old’s spot in Postecoglou’s first-team pecking order.
Having bagged 13 goals for the Celtic B side this season, it is clear that Moffat is indeed an incredibly exciting prospect, and one who has not gone unnoticed by Postecoglou.
Indeed, the winger – who is comfortable operating on either flank, as well as through the middle – has been handed three first-team appearances by the 56-year-old, with the Greek-Australian coach stating of the youngster’s rise:
“That’s football life. Life is about opportunity. Not just being in the right place at the right time, but also being ready for it.
“Moff probably wasn’t in the calculations two weeks ago, but we just had so many injuries and we brought him into training and he has looked bright.
“We brought him on the other night and he looked good. That, to me, is a lesson for every player out there. You have to be ready for that opportunity.”
Furthermore, Callum McGregor is also clearly a fan of Moffat’s, with the Celtic captain stating after the winger bagged himself a goal in a pre-season fixture:
“A mention for young Moffat – his attitude has been first class. I remember watching him at the end of last season, training on the astroturf himself.
“Every day they would do finishing and I remember thinking: ‘He’s got a finish on him.’ I wasn’t surprised when the ball dropped and he half-volleyed it into the net.”
As such, while losing Doak is certainly a blow for Celtic, it is not a knockout punch – as Moffat would appear to be more than capable of picking up the mantle left behind by the 16-year-old.