With Ange Postecoglou not appearing to be a manager who is afraid to give a number of Celtic’s most promising young talents a shot, with 18-year-old Dane Murray, 19-year-old Adam Montgomery, 20-year-old Liel Abada and 21-year-old Stephen Welsh all playing a considerable amount of football under the 56-year-old Bhoys boss this season, the future at Parkhead would appear to be incredibly exciting.
Indeed, Celtic currently have an extremely promising crop of young talents on the verge of breaking into the first-team setup, with the likes of 18-year-old Owen Moffat, 20-year-old Liam Shaw, 20-year-old Scott Robertson, 21-year-old Ewan Henderson and 21-year-old Osaze Urhoghide having all featured in Postecoglou’s matchday squads this term, albeit without making it onto the pitch.
However, one player who does not feature on either of these lists is that of 17-year-old Frankie Deane, despite the attacking midfielder arguably being one of the most talented young footballers of the current Celtic litter.
Indeed, the teenager has been highly impressing for the Celtic B side this season, none more so than in the club’s 4-2 win over Broomhill on Saturday afternoon, with the Daily Record’s Gabriel McKay reporting of the youngster’s display: “Diminutive playmaker Frankie Deane [is] standing head and shoulders above the fray in the first half, figuratively if not literally.
“Constantly demanding the ball – his anguished cries of ‘Still! Still! Still!’ ring around the near-empty stadium – the midfielder is always on the move, his eyes scanning from side to side as he looks to turn into the most dangerous spaces that appear. It’s he who opens the scoring, rolling his man, shuffling past another and firing low past Jamie Smith from the edge of the box.
“Deane only turned 17 in October, but his intelligent passing and movement speak of a player who could have a big future, and if you’re Team Colts you might question whether a player so small and slight would thrive on loan to a part-time team in League One or Two.”
Furthermore, McKay has also likened Deane’s style to that of Paul Scholes, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi, in that the 17-year-old is continuously scanning his options throughout the duration of a fixture in order to gain the best possible idea of what his next pass or move is going to be.
As such, it would certainly appear as if the young midfielder boasts an incredible amount of potential, and, if given the chance by Postecoglou, could well go on to save the 56-year-old millions of pounds in transfer fees in the future.