Editorial

Buying vs developing

Celtic have been linked with Feyenoord full back Miquel Nelom, the Dutchman has a market worth of 1 million pounds but as he is in the last year of his contract we could get him cheaper.

He can reportedly play at Centre Back as well which would be handy seeing we have injuries to Boyata and Sviatchenko, however, we have a couple of starlets who are worth promoting instead.

Calvin Miller and Anthony Ralston are both teenagers direct from Celtic’s Academy, they were both flawless in the game against Kilmarnock recently.

In fairness Elbows team barely had the ball and rarely in our half, but you can only beat the XI you face up against.

It would be better if Celtic were to promote these players instead of putting a 26-year-old player of modest ability in front of them.

Lustig, Ajer and Tierney can all play Centre Back alongside Jozo Simunovic, Ralston could cover for Lustig or Miller could cover for Tierney.

Nir Bitton will likely have the role against Astana and if we come through the tie will likely be preferred until Dedryck is back playing.

Whilst we are a little light defensively if we are not going to invest in quality we should promote the quality we have and enhance it.

Ralston and Miller could take the next step up and emulate the success of Kieran Tierney, they have all the attributes.

They are both young, fast, motivated and have a complete set of skills as can be seen by Ralston’s goal and Celtic’s clean sheet.

We have seen a lot of the Development squad who themselves secured an Invincible season a few years ago leave Celtic.

It would be a tragedy to lose either Ralston or Miller due to lack of opportunities.

I believe we are going to win the League this year and hopefully the Cups too.

If we are to truly value add to the club, we must give these gems and Mikey Johnston as much game time as possible this season.

The opportunity to create a generation of explosive youth is available, it won’t cost us a penny and it will make us a fortune.

 

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