24 October 2019 18:34
Celtic youngster Scott Robertson has been speaking about Neil Lennon's surprising reserve visits. The defensive-midfielder played his part as Celtic beat Dunfermline in the Reserve Cup this week. He's a regular at that level, with the young Hoops looking particularly exciting this season. Celtic will be hoping for another successful campaign at youth level. Last season, the Hoops came within a whisker of winning the Reserve League, whilst the under-18s reached the Youth Cup final and the development squad won the Glasgow Cup. And when things aren't going well?
Apparently the gaffer likes to pop his head in and do a bit of motivating. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 16, Page 35), Robertson opened up on Lennon's visits. Subscribe "The manager has been really good. When he's there, you feel his presence and concentrate on everything you do. He helps make you focus. Every time you train with the first-team, you make sure you're on it 100%. "It's great that he comes to watch our games. He always comes in afterward and reflects on it with us. Sometimes at half-time, he'll come in to give us a boost if we're not playing well. "Not just Neil Lennon, John Kennedy comes to watch our games as well and it gives us loads of motivation." A great way to provide the youths with inspiration It's a small thing but it can go a long way in truth. Going in to see the development players regularly can provide them with a real added spring in their step. There's nothing worse for a reserve player than to think their manager isn't taking much of an interest. But every Celtic supporter and player will know that's not in Neil Lennon's mindset. Lenny has been big on youth ever since he worked with the reserves when Tony Mowbray was the manager back in 2009. Since then, he's helped bring through talents such as James Forrest and Callum McGregor. He's also given Karamoko Dembele his Celtic debut too. The youths know there are places to gain in this Celtic squad this season. If they operate to the best of their ability and develop the way Tommy McIntyre and Stephen McManus want them to, we all expect big things from this current crop of youngsters. And it most certainly is indeed quite the crop. Dembele, Armstrong Oko-Flex, Cameron Harper, Robertson, Luca Connell, Lee O'Connor. The list goes on. That's not even including the likes of Ewan Henderson and Jack Aitchison who are on loan respectively. There are names there we would hope will make the grade at Celtic Park. And, with Lenny constantly looking over them, we know they're in good hands.