With Celtic strolling to their second SPL title in a row, some of the Parkhead side’s fringe players and youngsters are hoping that once it is in the bag they can have an extended run out.
Speaking after helping Scotland’s Under-21 side to a 3-0 win over Luxembourg, Celtic winger Dylan McGeouch was hopeful of getting more game time. He said: “I hope so, obviously you want to play every game and hopefully we can wrap up the league in the next couple of games and get a good wee run at it.”
During the summer it looked as though McGeouch would feature more for Celtic, but after being stretchered off in friendly with Real Madrid at the start of the season, he has been limited to just 11 appearances for Celtic and scoring just once – in the 5-0 demolition of Dundee at the end of February.
But for the time being, McGeouch has to bide his time while trying to secure qualification for Billy Stark’s Under-21 Scotland side.
On the 3-0 victory over Luxembourg, McGeouch added: “We played really well for the best part of the game,but kind of got sloppy near the end. They gave us space to get on the ball and got sloppy a lot. It’s good to get the 3-0 win and now looking forward to the next game.”
During the first half, McGeouch was one of the stand out performers within the side as he proved to be a thorn in the side of Luxembourg time and again with his penetrating runs. On his own performance, the 20-year-old continued: “Obviously it’s good to get on the ball and take people on and do that as much as possible. The whole team done well first half and for most of the game. So it was a good team performance and obviously I’m happy.”
With the lack of first team action, you would be forgiven that the sluggishness in the second half was down to a lack of match fitness, but McGeouch admitted that it was more down to Luxembourg giving the Scots too much time. He said: “I think it was more down to them giving us time on the ball and that it was 2-0, 3-0. The game was kind of dying away so we got sloppy, we need to address that.”
The next EURO qualifier for the Under-21’s is an away trip to the Netherlands, to face the group favourites on 5th September.