“Operation was successful, back on the pitch in 2024,” Celtic striker Joey Dawson

Whilst the good news for Celtic B came this morning with the announcement midfielder Mackenzie Carse has signed a contract extension with Celtic which will keep him at the club for a further two years, that has been tempered somewhat by some unfortunate injury news for another promising B-Team player.

Joey Dawson, the 19-year-old striker signed from Scunthorpe United in the summer of signed 2021 on a three-year contract, and who made his debut full Celtic debut – whilst came agonisingly close to marking the occasion with a goal, on Boxing Day 2021 against St Johnstone – has confirmed via Instagram he will miss the rest of 2023 due to injury.

The teenager averaged a goal every 77 minutes in the Lowland League this season, with 20 goals in just 21 appearances and will be a big loss to Stephen McManus and Darren O’Dea as their Celtic B-Team sit in third spot in the Lowland League only six points behind leaders Spartans but with a game in hand over the Edinburgh club.

Dawson is a recognisable figure with his impressive build for his age and has striking red hair, but his goalscoring talents stand out just as much, and the player must be very disappointed his impressive season has been ended prematurely by injury.

26th December 2021; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, St Johnstone versus Celtic; Joey Dawson of Celtic

However, Dawson should try as much as he can to focus on the positives of an impressive Lowland League campaign and use that as a driving force as he begins his period of recovery and recuperation.

Ange Postecoglou has previously stated his wish for the B-Team to mirror the style of play of his Celtic first team and for the move from B-Team football to as seamless as possible. To that end the B-Team talents regularly train with the Celtic top team to aid that transition further.

As such Joey Dawson must be a player the Celtic manager has been keeping a watchful eye on given his goalscoring exploits this season. And that should be all the incentive Joey Dawson needs to come back bigger and stronger next season.

Best of luck kid, we’re all rooting for you.

Niall J\

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.

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