Josh Kerr has signed his first professional contract with Celtic, in a three year contract. He becomes Ronny Deila’s first signing and we can expect a lot more of these youth players to be joining the academy over his tenure as Celtic manager.
Josh Kerr (a defender) recently started in Celtic’s under 19’s league cup competition, stepping in for players who were away on international duties with Scotland at the European Championships.
The first match he played in was in a semi-final fixture against Arbroath, a match which Celtic comfortably won 5-2. He then went on to play in the league cup final against Ayr, a game which Celtic won 2-1 after extra time, securing the treble for the under 17’s.
Luke Donnelly was first to appreciate the performances of the players who stepped up from the under 16’s, saying after the cup final: “Guys guys like Josh (Kerr) Innes (Murray) and the guys who came off the bench like Theo (Archibald) were excellent and I felt they stepped up to the plate today.”
It looks like good, solid performances have led to Deila giving young Josh a chance to prove himself at Celtic in the near future. It’s good to see that Deila takes the youth players very seriously and sees them as a key part of the club.
Between 2001-2007, not 1 Strømsgodset player earned a youth cap for Norway. However, in just 5 years under Deila, the figure reached 179.
That stat just goes to show that Deila really does look to the youth system as an integral part in going forward, and we can look forward to seeing a lot of youth players given the chance to prove themselves while he is the manager of Celtic.
John Kennedy recently said that the youth players need to hit the ground running right from the off: “It’ll be a big pre-season for everyone involved whether it’s first team players, youth players or anyone else around the club. Moving forward, there’ll be players coming in and it’s important to make an impression to make sure they are in his plans. The manager will want to hit the ground running and make his own impression on the players which I’m sure he will do. He’s a very positive person and I think the players will respond to him and to what he wants. It’s a big change for the club but it’s fresh and something we can look forward to.”
The best of luck to you, Josh.