Celtic fans couldn’t offer a definitive opinion on the debut of winger Kundai Benyu after the youngster started in a convincing 5-0 Scottish League Cup Second Round win over Kilmarnock.
Making his first start for the Bhoys, the 19-year-old showed glimpses of his significant potential, putting in an energetic and enthusiastic display. However, he often looked a little raw and naïve and some supporters felt that he was still far from the finished article.
The teen midfielder arrived at Celtic Park from Championship side Ipswich Town in June and exhibited moments of promise but was often guilty of poor positioning and perhaps trying a little bit too hard to impress.
However, Celtic fans appreciated his efforts after applauding him off the field when he was replaced by Callum McGregor with 20 minutes to go.
A rampant Hoops team were 3-0 up inside half an hour, after a Leigh Griffiths brace and a first senior goal for teen defender Anthony Ralston effectively ended the game as a contest before it had even begun.
In an otherwise unremarkable stroll for Celtic, the match was notable for a wonder strike by 20-year-old prodigy Kieran Tierney, who slammed in the fourth goal from all of 40 yards and the presence of five teenagers in the starting XI as manager Brendan Rodgers chose to blood his young starlets.
Left-wing back Calvin Miller, central defender Kristoffer Ajer and Eboue Kouassi impressed though the latter had to be replaced in the second half after suffering an injury.
In addition to the dominance that the team displayed over an over-matched Killie side, those at Celtic Park will be most encouraged that the club’s future looks to be shaping up nicely.
Although the likes of Benyu, Kouassi and Ajer may take time to fulfil their potential, Rodgers’ willingness to give them ample opportunities to do so in the senior team bodes well for their development and the direction of Celtic in general.
The Bhoys are next in action in the Scottish Premier League this Friday evening as they travel to Partick Thistle, hoping to make it two wins from two games, after last week’s comfortable 4-1 home win over Hearts.
The best reactions of Celtic fans to Benyu’s performances on Twitter are shown below:
Benyu's no ready yet imo. Looks good but a wee bit all over the place.
— Stephen A. (@CrumbsTMT) August 8, 2017
Celtic were great tonight. Really impressed. Miller and Ralston were excellent. Eboue good before injury. Jury still out on Benyu. KT is god
— Ruzo (@BhoyHero) August 8, 2017
Benyu was atrocious
— Logan (@loganbhoy6) August 8, 2017
From the bits I saw I thought #Celtic played some lovely quick football. The young guys at the back were class and Benyu looked good.
— Tino (@tinobhoy) August 8, 2017
think benyu was trying to hard at points. He needs to relax.Young guns all look good. With BR and giff crew at the helm the future's bright
— Europa's finest (@Bampotomus) August 8, 2017
Ralston, Miller, Ajer all really impressive, Benyu in flashes as well looks like a potentially exciting player, CELTIC
— Big Fat Doh (@Mick_Doh) August 8, 2017
Wee livewire of a player Benyu is.
— Uncle Nobby (@CelticSteamboat) August 8, 2017
Kundai Benyu is a class act and has a massive future, just a wee bit mental at times ðŸ˜‚
— Paul (@P__67) August 8, 2017