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mccart delighted at youth academy signings

Paul Cuddihy
CELTIC have signed teenage striker Liam Gormley from Motherwell, with Head of Youth Chris McCart believing the 16-year-old will be a great addition to the set-up at the club.

“Liam’s got very good pace and he can play in a variety of forward positions, either wide or through the middle,” said McCart. “He’s one for the future. He’s got a great attitude and he’ll add to our set-up.

“Although he’s eligible to play at Under-17 level, we’re hoping this season he’ll push for the 19s.”

Liam, who has just turned 16, was previously with Motherwell and McCart had worked with him at Fir Park.

“We’re looking to add to our strikers at the 17s and 19s this year,” he said. “Liam’s just left school so this is his first professional contract.”

And there was further good news for the Academy with James Forrest signing a new four-year contract with Celtic.

The youngster, who has been in sparkling form for the Under-19s in their opening two league games against Aberdeen (2-0) and St Johnstone (4-0), was called up to the first-team squad for the game against Benfica in Toronto.

“He makes a big difference to our Under-19s,” explained McCart. “When James Forrest plays, he scores goals and he creates goals. In the two games so far he’s been instrumental in our success.”