BRENDAN RODGERS insists more Academy kids will soon follow Calvin Miller into Celtic’s top team.

The Parkhead manager is placing a big emphasis on youth and blooded the teenager at full-back against Partick Thistle last week.

Rodgers is pleased with Miller’s progress and adamant more kids will soon be on the big stage.

He said: “I had a long chat with Calvin and he enjoyed the experience, he did very well. It was his first time in. He just has to continue with his learning.

“We have made it perfectly clear that he might not be involved for a while but he has smelled the grass now for the first time, he has the inspiration.

“Now he has to kick on, develop his career and make sure when he is asked the next time that he is going to be ready.

“In the second part of the season, that more kids will happen. 

“The parents know their kids are going to get a chance, they are not coming here thinking it will be a wasted journey.

“It’s not just what you do for the Under-20s just now it is for the children and the families of the Under-9s and the development teams below them. That they have a bit of hope.

“Chris McCart does a brilliant job with the Academy, overseeing it. There are outstanding coaches who are diligent and professional.

“They are working really well with the players, they have creativity and are a great support to the players.

“I see all of that but what I see up here, from my short experience, is ensuring that they all understand what it actually takes to be an elite player.”

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