HIS door is always open and his presence is always felt. His focus is on the first team but his eyes reach all corners of Lennoxtown.

It is at Hampden next month where Celtic hope to lift the third piece of silverware of the Brendan Rodgers era.

At Firhill tonight, another honour could be added to the list as the Hoops bid for Glasgow Cup glory against Rangers.

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Striker Jack Aitchison netted in the 4-0 win over Rangers twelve months ago and then marked his first team bow with a goal against Motherwell at Parkhead.

Under-17 boss John McLaughlan will be in the dugout against the Gers but Rodgers has played his part in helping the Hoops progress this term.

McLaughlan said: “His office overlooks the Academy and he will come onto the training field.

“He talks to the players, he talks to the staff and we have regular meetings with him. He wants us to play in a certain style and a certain manner.

“He is pro youth and was a youth coach himself so he has a vision for the players. He doesn’t see them as Academy players, he sees them as potential first team players.

“He says the same things that we echo, it is hard work, it is commitment, it is enthusiasm and it is the will to do more if you want to be a Celtic player.

“In the last few years, we have had James Forrest, who scored in the final, Kieran Tierney and Jack progressing from the Glasgow Cup to the first team.

“Jack played in the final and the manager seen fit to play him in the last game of the season.

“So the platform is there for this batch and who knows what can happen to them? They have got to work hard and earn the right to play for the first team.”

Rodgers will attempt to put the finishing touches to a remarkable debut campaign at Parkhead by leading Celtic to their first Treble since the Martin O’Neill era.

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The Hoops have enjoyed their fair share of success at youth level in recent years as well as a handful of players have risen through the green and white ranks.

Victory over Rangers tonight would be another important milestone for the Under-17s as they look to impress and earn their shot at glory.

And boss McLaughlin admits it is crucial to instil a winning mentality in his kids to ensure they can handle the pressure of being at Parkhead.

He said: “We have managed to win it in the last couple of years but it will be a difficult match for us.

“All we can do is prepare them and give them that platform. Hopefully we will be OK on the night and retain the trophy.

“At every age group, that is the mentality that we try and implement. You have not just to play for Celtic, you have to win for Celtic, and win in a certain style.

“That is our job and the players need to adopt that attitude and have that winning mentality instilled in them at an early age. There is no greater incentive than playing your biggest rivals so hopefully we can get the job done.

“It is something that we create every day with good habits. It is instilled in the players as soon as they come in from the Junior Academy.

“They are brought into a system where each player is an individual project and each player is given the opportunity to express themselves.

“There are sessions tailored for their needs so you need to have that commitment to be a top footballer. We want to create the Champions League player.”