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Bosun Lawal can make Celtic first-team impression as international coach reveals chats with Hoops

Bosun Lawal has the ability to make an impression at Celtic first-team level this summer, according to someone who has coached him on the international stage.

Football Scotland revealed yesterday that the talented young centre-back, who can also play in midfield, was to be handed a chance to train with Brendan Rodgers' side in pre-season. The 22-year-old is off the back of an impressive loan at Fleetwood Town in England's League one and is now attracting interest from the Championship.

He also recently earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland full squad and his under-21s boss Jim Crawford reckons he's on the right path to stardom. He insists Lawal has the sort of qualities Rodgers will be looking for in a youngster who can make the step up.

Crawford told the Irish Daily Star: "Bosun has a real presence on the pitch, whether it's centre-back or midfield. I've seen him playing so many times for Fleetwood now in midfield. He's been excellent, he really has that presence. Playing in midfield for Fleetwood compared to international football, it's totally different. It's far more tactical at international level and I think he'll adapt to that because he's a quick learner.

"He can pass a ball, be aggressive in there and he's shown with Fleetwood on numerous occasions, he can score goals too. Where we've been playing him - centre-back - up until now, he's been exceptional and I've had conversations with Darren O'Dea at Celtic and we share similar views on him, what he contributes to a team playing centre-back, with the game in front of him he's exceptional. I'm excited at the prospect of him playing in midfield.

Bosun is John's [O'Shea] type of player. It's going to be a really interesting season for him when he goes back to Celtic. I'm sure Brendan Rodgers will be interested in the boy's qualities so I do think coming to this June camp will help him be ahead of the curve in fitness when he goes back to pre-season."