There are not many instances where we find players moving between bitter rivals. The bad blood of Old Firm derby is known to all, however, the controversial transfer of Ciaran Dickson from Rangers to Celtic seems to have benefitted the latter. The 19-year-old has made an incredible start for their reserve side as he has now fired in his second goal in as many games.
The young Scot progressed through the youth ranks of Rangers before making his senior debut last year in a Cup fixture against Falkirk. His emergence impressed Steven Gerrard thus earning him a brief first-team spell with Queen of the South FC on a two-month loan. The teenager exhibited the glimpses of his composure and versatility in the middle of the park, but the Gers decided not to retain his services despite tying him down to a new contract (until 2023) earlier this year.
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Although the midfield prodigy did not make the most anodyne call while choosing his next destination, the early impression suggests that he has handled the situation quite professionally at such a tender age. There is ambiguity over the Bears’ decision of parting ways with one of their most promising academy prospects, but the Bhoys must be relishing this shrewed piece of business based on what they have witnessed in these early days.
Tommy McIntyre, the Celtic B chief, heaped praise on Dickson’s maturity and masterclass.
“He’s got the personality to handle the move. I don’t want to go too much on Ciaran but there have been players in the past on either side who have done that. Ciaran made an impact but we need to be careful with him. He’s just come in and I thought he did well. He will get better and better.”
The gaffer told the Scottish Sun.
The youngster might take a while to settle down in the new surroundings but, at the same time, must continue to impress Ange Postecoglou to stake a claim in his plans. He trained alongside the senior squad during his Rangers stint and the potential he holds should see him grabbing the attention of the Hoops boss in the coming days.
Postecoglou is known for promoting the youth and has already done so by relying on Anthony Ralston and Adam Montgomery. He might have skipper Callum McGrgor, veteran James McCarthy and Ismaila Soro in his ranks to operate from the base, but the rising Scotland youth international is tipped to gain minutes at some stage given his inception at Parkhead.