There’s so much going on in the youth system at Celtic it’s hard to keep track. There’s so many stand out individuals who on their day could slot into the first team and not look out of place.

While supporters talk about Dembele and Oko-Flex there’s another lad at Lennoxtown learning his trade and hoping his talent and application will put him in line for a first-team opportunity sooner rather than later.

Cameron Harper joined the club last season after trialling with the bhoys several times. The youngster came over from the states and has been plugging away in the developmental system.

Only 17, there’s plenty of time for the player to make an impact at first team level but his attitude is there. If the goal is not to get to the first team from day one then what’s the point?

“Everyone’s target in the reserves is to make their first-team debut. I know I need to be patient and I feel like if I keep working hard and playing well then the chances will come.” Harper told the Celtic View.

“It’s been good so far (with the reserves). Pre-season was good and the playing time has helped me get used to playing against older guys. We played Albion Rovers recently and they were fully-grown men. That was one of the first times I’ve played against professional senior players, and it was good to get a feel for it.

“In California, I wasn’t with a professional MLS team, whereas here I’m with a massive club and there’s a lot more pressure. Here you have to perform every day and that’s helping make me a better player.”

The American bhoy seems to get what he has to do in order to make the first team squad. It’s an exciting time to be a youth player at the club. There will be opportunities if you show the first team coaches you can handle them.


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