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U20s / Development Squad :: The Players

Goalkeepers


L. Fasan

M. Oberschmidt

Defenders


J. Chalmers

S. Findlay

D. Fisher

M. Fraser

L. Hoareau

P. McNally (Loan)

M. Miller

E. O'Connell

L. Toshney

C. Waters
     

Midfielders


P. George

L. Henderson

J. Herron

J. Irvine (Loan)

L. Kidd


J. Linsday


C. McGregor (Loan)


C. McManus

Attackers


B. Atajic

D. Johnstone

P. McMullan

P. Twardzik

 

Goalkeepers

Leo Fasan
Italian keeper Fasan was a regular in the U20 side last season. He was also called upon by the first-team for the semi-final of the Scottish League Communities Cup in January 2013. He was named as a substitute due to Fraser Forster's injury and Robbie Thomson being cup-tied. He is now considered the third choice keeper for the first team.

 

Max Oberschmidt
18-year old goalkeeper, Max Oberschmidt has joined Celtic on-loan from Fulham until January. The German shot-stopper has teamed up with the Hoops' Development Squad and with Leo Fasan exceeding the age limit, he is the number one keeper in the UEFA Youth League matches. There is a lot of excitement surrounding Oberschmidt's future and he recently signed a contract extension at Fulham until June 2014.

 

 

 

 

Defenders

Joe Chalmers
Left-back, Chalmers, has been at Celtic since he was 10-years-old and was put into the first-team set-up during the 2010/11 season - his first professional year at the club. He started for the senior side in a friendly against Athletic Bilbao and was named as a substitute for the UEFA Europa League match against Rennes. He produced consistent and reliable performances for the 19s and he made his competitive debut for the senior side against Inverness Caledonian Thistle last season, in the 4-2 win. His progressed was hindered towards the end of last season, and into this one, through injury however.

 

Stuart Findlay
Central defender, Findlay, is a promising talent to have come through the Hoops' Youth Academy. He was included in Neil Lennon's starting XI for the testimonial against Norwich City in May 2012 and continued to impress as a regular in the U20 side last season. Despite only being 18-years old, the captain of the youths has also provided experience in the UEFA Youth League squad and has started to work his way into the U21 set up for Scotland.

 

Darnell Fisher
Celtic managed to tie up Darnell Fisher on his first professional contract in the summer of 2011. The English teenager played for Reading-based club, Eldon Celtic, before moving on to Farnborough. After that he impressed the Celtic coaches while he was on trial at the Hoops and went on to make the move permanent. He can play in midfield, but has more recently been deployed at right-back for the Hoops.

 

Marcus Fraser
Marcus Fraser impressed so much at youth level it ultimately led to a greater involvement with the Under-19s at the age of 16. Shortly after representing Scotland's U17s in March 2011, he travelled to Bilbao with the Celtic first-team for a friendly. He made an appearance that evening and continued to stay in Neil Lennon's plans despite his youth. Building on this, he made his competitive debut for the first team in November 2011, coming on as a half-time substitute in the UEFA Europa League match against Rennes, with the Hoops winning 3-1. Injury has ruled him out of action for most of 2013 unfortunately.

 

Luidgi Hoareau
Hoareau made his debut for the Hoops against Ross County in February 2013. He came on as a substitute after joining the club at the start of the year. He had previously impressed the coaches in Reunion, as part of Didier Agathe's Academy. The defender made his first start for the U20s against St Johnstone at the start of the season, playing at right back, but then suffered a set back due to injury.

 

Paddy McNally
Paddy McNally spent last season pushing his way into the U20 squad, being named as a substitute on a regular basis. The central defender comes from Belfast and has already represented his country at youth level. He is currently on loan to Cliftonville in search of regular football.

 

Mikey Miller
Miller made big steps in terms of his progress last season, proving to be one of the most versatile players in the squad. He is now just as comfortable at right-back as he is in midfield. But after being asked to fill in at left-back on the odd occasion, it wasn’t long before he didn’t look out of place there either. More recently he has filled in at central defence in the absence of players on international duty and injury.  

 

Eoghan O'Connell
Central defender, O’Connell comes from Cork and became an important part of the U20 set last season with Marcus Fraser suffering a long term injury. He worked his way into the starting XI and made the position his own, often wearing the captain's armband on occasions as well.

 

Lewis Toshney
Toshney, worked his way through the Celtic Youth Academy, acting as stand-in captain for the Under-19s during their two consecutive double winning seasons, 2009/10 and 2010/11. The youths went on to win the double in the following two seasons but as an overage player Toshney pushed on in search of first team football. He made his debut against Aberdeen in February 2011 but then went on loan to Kilmarnock for half a season, and then Dundee for a year. He is now back at Celtic but has missed the start of the season through injury.

 

Calum Waters
Captain of the U17s, Waters is also a Scottish youth internationalist. The left back has featured in the U20s and Development Squad for the Hoops as well as representing his country since U15 level. He was included in the first team squad for the pre season trip to Germany but his progress has since been hindered through injury.

 

 

 

Midfielders

Paul George
George joined Celtic full-time when he was only 14-years old and made his first-team debut, two years later, in April 2010 in a friendly against AZ Alkmaar. He was earmarked at a young age as the one to watch and the Irish midfielder continued to stand out, scoring the winning goal against Rangers in the Glasgow Cup final in May 2011. He made his competitive debut against Ross County in September 2011. Unfortunately, a horrific double leg break at the end of the 2011/12 season ruled him out of action until the end of the year but he has since been a regular for the U20s.

 

Liam Henderson
Henderson joined Celtic from Hearts in 2008 and played in the Bassvelde tournament where the Hoops came third. He also won the Galway Cup in 2012 and played in the Glasgow Cup final in 2012. He is also a Scotland internationalist, captaining the U17 side before making the step up to 19s. The midfielder was included in the first team squad for the pre season trip to Germany this summer, and has since excelled for the youths, both at U20 level and in the UEFA Youth League.

 

John Herron
Herron plays on the wing, creating goals but also providing a scoring threat himself. He has good leadership qualities and captained both the 16s and 17s to cup triumph. An injury at the start of pre-season prevented Herron from going to Germany with the first team but he remains in Neil Lennon's plans. He was an unused substitute for the UEFA Champions League win against Barcelona in 2012 and eventually made his first appearance for the senior side against St Mirren a month later.

 

Jackson Irvine
The Australian joined the Hoops permanently in December 2010 after a successful trial period and enjoyed glory with the youths, often donning the captain's armband in the process. Irvine, who can play in central midfield as well as defence, made his first-team bow in the pre-season friendly against Inter Milan in 2012 and competitive debut against Hibernian two months later. After impressing in the first team pre-season friendlies against Union Berlin and Liverpool, Irvine joined Kilmarnock on-loan until January in search of regular first team football.

 

Lewis Kidd
Central midfielder, Kidd, had an excellent season playing alongside Jamie Lindsay last year. He has pushed on and developed since signing from Motherwell and the pair have done well to keep up the good work Callum McGregor and Jackson Irvine did before them. Kidd has often been utilised as a right back at the start of this season, covering for injuries and players on international duty, but continues to be a solid part of the midfield when played there.

 

Jamie Lindsay
Lindsay began his career at Motherwell, where he played with Lewis Kidd, but it wasn’t long before he moved to Celtic. The midfielder has been a regular in the U20s this season and has a tendency to strike long range shots as well. He provided a crucial equaliser against AC Milan in the UEFA Youth League but it wasn’t enough to secure the points in the end.

 

Callum McGregor
McGregor was a crucial player for the Under-19s and played a big part of the youths' quadruple double. The creative attacker is comfortable in both midfield and up front, and has been at Celtic since U11 level. He made his debut against Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly match in Philadelphia. Injury then halted his progress last season so after scoring the winning goal in the summer friendly against Brentford, the midfielder joined Notts County on-loan until January, in an attempt to make up for lost time.

 

Connor McManus
McManus is a versatile youngster who is comfortable in both midfield and at the back. He joined Celtic in 2005 and is a current Scotland international youth player. McManus has worked his way into the U20 side and is now a regular in central midfield, also proving to be a key player in their European matches.

 

 

 

Attackers

Bahrudin Atajic
Atajic's family are from Bosnia but he was born in Vastervik, Sweden. He has lived most of his life in Malmo, however, and it was at their youth club he was spotted by Celtic. He signed for the Hoops in January 2010 but suffered two long-term injuries shortly after, ultimately finding himself as a substitute in the 19s side. He has since been a regular goalscorer for the new Under-20 side and has began to push into the first team squad.

 

Denny Johnstone
Another Scotland internationalist, Johnstone is the grandson of former East Fife and Queen of the South player Bobby Black. Like Atajic, the striker found himself being used as a substitute more often than a starter in previous seasons but has since established himself as a regular starter. He represents Scotland at U19 level and scored against Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League.

 

Paul McMullan
McMullan is in his ninth season with Celtic and is also a Scotland internationalist at youth level. After scoring in the Glasgow Cup final last season, against Rangers, he established himself as a regular in this year's U20 side. On a recent trip to Moscow for the Spartak Cup, McMullan finished top goalscorer as well as winning the accolade for Best Goal. Despite playing up front for the 17s, he has been more often used on the wing for the 20s.

 

Patrik Twardzik
Patrik is more comfortable playing further forward than his twin brother, but like Filip he has tremendous ability and versatility. He was a regular goalscorer for the Under-19s before injury held him back. He has since continued to be included in the U20 side and is the designated penalty taker if he is on the pitch.

 




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