Celtic B coach Tommy McIntyre has hailed the development of Tobi Oluwayemi in an interview with 67HailHail.
The lowdown: Oluwayemi is a rising star
The Hoops are blessed in the goalkeeping department at present and currently boast three senior stoppers in the shape of Scott Bain, Vasilis Barkas and first-choice Joe Hart.
Despite that strength in depth, 18-year-old academy prospect Oluwayemi has featured amongst Ange Postecoglou’s matchday squad on multiple occasions this season.
As lesser-seen Greek stopper Barkas continues to be linked with a move away from Parkhead and 30-year old Bain continues to remain on the periphery, there would appear to be a genuine route to senior action for the talented youngster.
The latest: Postecoglou impressed by Oluwayemi
Speaking to 67HailHail, McIntyre confirmed that the England under-19 starlet had been catching the eye amongst the senior ranks.
The Celtic B coach gushed: “He’s showing great maturity for someone so young. He’s growing. He’s going up there and the feedback is that he’s doing really well training with the first team.
“I think he’ll always improve, he’s that type. So he’s on a good pathway and is in the right place just now. We’ve got great hopes for Tobi.”
The verdict: Fast-tracked to action?
Albeit that Hart is firmly in situ as the number one at Parkhead, the Englishman’s contract expires in 2024 (Transfermarkt), by which point the 75-cap stalwart will be 37 and Oluwayemi at 21 could be chomping at the bit to feature regularly.
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If the youngster can continue to develop at his current rate at Lennoxtown, Postecoglou may feel obliged to give the London-born goalkeeper an early taste of senior action – perhaps even to deter potential suitors as Premier League clubs appear to have taken a liking to young Celtic starlets.
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