Young Celtic goalkeeper Aidan Rice trained with the Hoops’ first team on Friday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Livingston.

Born in 2006, the 17-year-old has not even made an appearance for the B team this campaign and rather, has jumped straight to first-team training from the under-18s.

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Young Rice appeared to be one of three ‘keepers who trained ahead of Sunday going by pictures released by the club. Scott Bain and Joe Hart were the other two.

For the teenager to get the experience of being involved in the elite environment at Lennoxtown is tremendous.

He likely won’t make any matchday squads between now and the end of the season but after signing his maiden professional deal in August, Rice will look to push soon.

The stopper wasn’t the only youngster to be included in training yesterday. 18-year-old midfielder Kyle Ure also made the cut.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has always looked to give youth an opportunity, his inclusion of teenage duo Rice and Ure backing up his words.

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  1. Thinking this could well be a move into the planning of the future of potential squad making in progress imo?
    The keeper position will be addressed in the summer, but unclear as in to what manner yet?
    Personally believe that we still need a better backup options in the no2 role than Bain imo?
    Especially now when we look to be getting more options available with the 8 homegrown rule in place currently?
    In turn, believe Bain along with big Ben will become surplus to requirements next season imo?
    To fill the requirements for CL squad, we possibly still need a few players required within a B list of players, should an injury crisis hit us again, like the impact it had upon ourselves in this season campaign?
    Vata and potentially Kelly could also fill such roles also, which allows for more potential options available in squad building imo?
    Don’t mind ourselves finally starting to address the problems that the 8 homegrown rule has bought ourselves in the past number of European campaigns, where we have become so reliant upon key players, without really having squad depth in place for European ventures and hardly having much luck upon the injury front either?
    When a third of our squad requires Scottish involvement within it, the chances of getting 8 to the required standards for European games remains a massive task for ourselves, but at least we are starting to see a problem getting addressed moreso than getting overlooked, which has been in operation with ourselves for way too long imo?

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