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  • Frail's praise for Fasan heroics

    Frail's praise for Fasan heroics

    By: Martin Dalziel on 06 Feb, 2015 09:21

  • CELTIC development squad manager Stevie Frail has praised his goalkeeper Leo Fasan for a heroic display in the second half of yesterday's 3-0 win over Dunfermline.

    The young Italian shot stopper was in commanding form for the Bhoys in the clash with the Pars at the Excelsior Stadium and saved a second-half penalty which gave his team the platform to go on and secure a vital three points in the SPFL Development League.

    The Hoops took the lead early in the first half through Jamie Lindsay’s inch-perfect free kick from the edge of the area before a Paul McMullan double in the second half sealed the victory.

    Fasan’s abilities were tested during either half as a determined Dunfermline side refused to give up, but the young Celtic keeper was more than up to the task and his manager praised his performance.

    He said: “We gave up a bit of territorial possession and they had a few shots in the second half but Leo dealt with that and saved their penalty so a special mention goes to him, I thought he was terrific.

    “That makes it sound as if we were under pressure but these are the saves he had to make and they were first class.

    “We try to play it out from the back and he was working that too. He was getting the ball out from side to side and was using the centre-backs and full-backs so I’m really pleased with the performance from Leo.

    “He’s developing really well. He’s developing well because of the games but a lot of the credit goes to Leo for that.

    “He’s also working with top goalkeepers like Craig Gordon and Lukasz Zaluska every day and that can only benefit his development.

    “He also has, in my opinion, two of the best goalkeeping coaches in the country working with him – Colin Meldrum and Stevie Woods – and they work with him tirelessly.

    “You can see the rewards of that and hopefully he can keep going and hopefully push Craig.

    “He will be happy with his performance but we’ll do our evaluations of the game and Colin always comes out with Leo after the game and does a one-on-one with him to tell him a few things he can improve on.

    “However, over all, we’re happy with him and I’m sure the goalkeeping coaches are too.”

    Celtic went into the game in sixth place in the Development League and are plotting to climb their way back to the top of the table having sat out a string of fixtures due to their involvement in the English Premier League International Cup and the poor winter weather.

    Frail added that the win could have a massive bearing on that goal and hopes his side will take confidence from the victory moving forward.

    He added: “It was a really good start. For 25 minutes we were excellent then the tempo of our passing and play dropped which helped them back into the game.

    “We scored the early goal which helps but we could see they were getting shots in. Some of them were deflected but they can easily fall into the net rather than on top of it so it made it a tougher game but we got there in the end.

    “We had three good goals, one of them was a penalty and over all I’m pleased with the result. I’m pleased with parts of the performance but I think we can do a lot better.

    “It was a big win in terms of the league. We had a disappointing result against Dundee last week. It was a good performance but we never put the ball in the net.

    “It was not as good a performance against Dunfermline but we got three goals so I’m pleased with that. Now we move on to a game here against Partick Thistle on Monday on the same pitch and that will be another tough match.

    “It’s important we keep grinding them out and hope we can play well from within these games.”

    The boss of the Young Hoops also praised new signing Michael Duffy, who made his debut for the side.

    He said: “It was his first match and I think he acquitted himself very well. It has been a big week as he’s just signed for Celtic and for him coming from Ireland it’s a massive thing.

    “There has been a lot of news made about it so we’re pleased to get him in.

    “It will take him a while to play the way we want him to play but that is his position, out on the left, and he was unlucky with his shot in the second half but Paul was on hand to tap it in.

    “He did well on a trial period with us before and scored twice against a strong Newcastle side in a friendly so he’s got qualities and attributes that will help him here and we are glad to have him in.

    “We just need to work with him just now and hopefully get him progressed as far as we can.”

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