Brendan Rodgers singles out two Celtic starlets who impressed against Ayr United

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers has singled out two Celtic youngsters who caught his eye in last night's pre-season stalemate with Ayr United.

The Hoops kicked off their busy summer schedule with a local trip to Somerset Park to mark the opening of the Honest Men's new North Stand. More than 9,000 fans packed out the stadium and the travelling Hoops faithful were given a glimpse of the future as Rodgers fielded a largely unfamiliar line up.

With Celtic's Euro 2024 and Copa America stars on an extended break, a host of academy prospects and fringe players were handed some game time. And it was second-half subs Bosun Lawal and Dane Murray who impressed Rodgers most as he spoke glowing about the pair in his post-match verdict.

Versatile midfielder Lawal has been tipped for a huge future at Parkhead after a standout year on loan with Fleetwood Town last season. While highly-rated defender Murray - who was handed his debut by Ange Postecoglou three years ago - has overcome countless injury issues over the last 24 months.

Rodgers told Celtic TV: "I really like Bosun. He's a player who's clearly got a lot of physical attributes. But what he has as well is a lot of football activity. He's been out on loan and you can see he's got that experience. He has that power and quality to break through and we seen that this evening. I'm really pleased for him.

"I'm pleased to see Dane Murray back. This is a young guy who I saw when he was first in the team at 16 or 17. He's had a horrendous time with injuries. But he's come back, he's physically a great size. He moves well and I'm really pleased for him that he's got minutes on the field for Celtic.

"A lot of the other younger players, they get the chance to come in and play. It's very important that they show the personality to come out and play for Celtic. That's always important for me as young players that they can play with no fear and go and show that."