Bosun Lawal made his mark yesterday despite Celtic Colts going down to a 2-1 defeat at Bonnyrigg Rose on his debut.
The 18-year-old was billed as a midfielder when he signed from Watford on Friday but played in central defence for his new club and popped up with the 60th minute goal when Celtic were trailing 2-0.
With Dane Murray and Leo Hjelde involved with the first team against Preston North End the Colts were short on central defenders with Lawal partnered at the back by Ewan Otoo.
I thought that he was outstanding, I really did. I looked at him and he was very composed, he was good at stepping in front of their striker who was a handful and then he tops it off by scoring a goal. And he was unlucky with the one that he cuts back, the goal that was chopped off. I’ve got to say that the fact he has only been in two days, absolutely delighted. He’ll be a great signing for us.
McIntyre will have a week to work with his squad before they face one of their toughest tests when East Kilbride visit the Colts at their home stadium in Airdrie.
With a management team of Steve Aitken and Ian Durrant, East Kilbride are spending big in their bid to follow Kelty Hearts into SPFL 2.
Celtic’s first team take on West Ham on Saturday which means that McIntyre will be working with largely the same group on players as they look to get off the mark in the Lowland League.
Yesterday Celtic were only able to name four substutes with goalkeeper Ryan Mullen replacing Tobi Oluwayemi after 49 minutes.