OWEN MOFFAT has admitted he missed the biggest moment of his fledgling Celtic career when he scored his first Hoops goal in the 3-1 closed-doors win over Sheffield Wednesday in Newport yesterday.
The 19-year-old forward was a surprise inclusion in Ange Postecoglou’s first starting line-up which was captained by Albian Ajeti.
Moffat rattled in the second goal after the Swiss striker had nullified a third-minute strike by Josh Windass.
However, the teen, who played for an hour before being replaced as the new boss utilised 22 players during the match, revealed he did NOT see the ball hit the net for his debut strike.
Moffat, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “I just remember the ball ricocheting to me and I caught it on the swivel well – I actually never saw it go in, I think I fell, but it was a good feeling.
“It is a dream. I only found out that was starting an hour or so before the game. As soon as I found out, I was texting my family telling them that I was starting. I couldn’t believe it, but it was brilliant.”
Reflecting on the team’s comeback vistory in which Odsonne Edouard netted the third goal, the academy product added: “It was good. The first 10-15 minutes, we struggled a bit, but once we got past that we were alright and it was good that we were only 1-0 down when we went in at the first break.
“The gaffer spoke to us and said he wanted us to up the intensity and calm down on the ball, and I thought we did that.”
Moffat and many of the club’s youngsters have been training under the watchful eye of Postecoglou since the players reported back to Lennoxtown for pre-season and have continued to attempt to impress the former Australia international manager at the team’s training camp in South Wales.
The exciting teen talent could get another chance to show the manager his qualities against Charlton at the same venue on Saturday afternoon.