Two of Celtic’s last three signings under Brendan Rodgers have been 19 year-old midfielders, with Jonny Hayes of Aberdeen being the exception.
In January, Ivorian Eboue Kouassi arrived from Krasnodar in Russia, on a deal reported to be near the £3m mark and yesterday, the Hoops announced the imminent signing of Zimbabwean Kundai Benyu, another 19 year-old from Ipswich, in a move that will only involve a nominal development fee.
Both players signed four year deals, allowing the gaffer plenty time to get them into his way of thinking.
While Brendan and the fans are waiting patiently for the ‘marque’ signing to happen, it’s clear, having extended his own contract, the manager is putting in place plans for the future of the team.
Kouassi and Benyu had other options, from Europe and the Premier League, but chose to entrust Rodgers with their development. A clear sign of how highly rated he is with good young players.
The pressures of having to perform, and win at the same time, should stand the young Bhoys in good stead as they advance in their careers.
Good luck Bhoys.