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PETER LAWWELL has made a bold statement about some of the Celtic youngsters coming through the ranks at the club and declared a certain Celtic duo are desperate to follow in the footsteps of Celtic Academy graduates Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor.

Addressing the fans after announcing the club’s annual reports which has seen Celtic smash the £100million turnover barrier, the chief executive their long term plan is to bring these players through and also invest in the squad when players are identified.

The two young Celts he pointed out that are set to make the breakthrough in the coming years are perhaps the two most exciting players on our books.

Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston.

Speaking about the pair, Lawwell described them as the ‘Next Generation’ of Celtic stars/

“We have an excellent first-team squad and in the youth academy we have the next generation of exciting young players such as Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele and many others, all eager to follow in the footsteps of Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Calum McGregor in becoming Champions League players for Celtic.”

Celtic are in a strong position financially and will hope to build on the Rodgers effect going forward. However, the lack of Champions League football this term may see next year’s annual accounts fall.

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