Friday 15 December 2017

Towell intent on becoming a regular at Celtic

Lisa Gray

Irish youngster Richie Towell has told Celtic boss Neil Lennon he has plenty more to offer after finally making his competitive debut for the club at the weekend.

And the 19-year-old former Crumlin United midfielder has urged the Hoops boss to have faith in him as he bids to cement his place in the team in the weeks ahead.

Towell has been on the bench for 12 of Celtic's 15 Scottish Premier League games this season and finally made the breakthrough as a second-half substitute in Saturday's draw with Inverness.

"I hadn't played in the SPL before so I'm not sure how I will fare in the team but hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt and do well," he said.

"I'm a good passer of the ball and I feel I can bring a lot to the team if I get my chance, so hopefully the gaffer can put a bit of faith in me and I can show what I can do.

"I hope the fans take a liking to me too because I work hard for the team.

"I like to play in central midfield the most but it doesn't really matter where I play because once I'm on the pitch, I don't care."


Towell, who came through Celtic's Youth Academy, was handed his bow when he replaced Jos Hooiveld with just over half an hour to go and says he relished every moment.

"It was brilliant hearing the crowd's reaction and being in the middle of it all. It's what I've always dreamed of," he said. "It's been frustrating sitting on the bench all season and that's why I was so delighted to come on.

"I just want to show that I can compete at this level and hopefully the gaffer will give me another chance because I don't like sitting on the bench -- I want to play every week.

"I thought the fans reacted well to me and I was pleased with how I did when I came on.

"I kept the ball and then I won the tackle for Paddy's (McCourt) goal, so they were all cheering for that."

Towell hopes to be involved again when Celtic travel to Aberdeen this weekend, for what is a crucial game for the Hoops as they try to keep in touch with rivals Rangers at the summit of the SPL.

"We've dropped four points in the last two games so the Aberdeen game is massive. We have to get points back on the board. It's vital we get back on track and get a victory on Saturday," Towell added.

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