He’ll go to the very top of the game. No question about it
be fair, he made a couple of mistakes in those early games, but he didn’t let it affect him and soon he was showing everyone just how good he was.
“So, in terms of his temperament, he has such a good head on his shoulders. Nothing has fazed him yet. He took going into that first-team environment with no problems, and even when we were playing big games live on the television in the FA Cup, for example, he was never affected by it.
“So, while playing for either side of the Old Firm would be a step up again, I have no doubts at all about his ability to handle it. Yes, in some ways he would be a project, because he is so young and is still developing as a player, but he is already good enough to make an impact on either the Celtic or Rangers starting line-ups, and I would expect him to be part of the first-team picture in Glasgow in no time at all.
“Neil Lennon has thrown
Jeremie Frimpong into the Celtic team and he has flourished, and I think Jarrad would blossom too if he goes somewhere with a manager who will give him a chance .”
The physical challenge of playing in Scotland would present no problems to Branthwaite either, according to Pressley, having seamlessly handled the rough and tumble of life in League Two.
“Even at 17, there is no way he will be bullied,” he said. “He can handle the physical side of the game no problem at all.
“It’s a bit of a myth that the Scottish game is over-physical anyway. The game in England is much more physical in terms of the size of the players and the way that the game is played, and especially so in League Two. But it was never an issue for him.
“As I said, his all-round game is so good that it is difficult to pick out many flaws. If I was at either Celtic or Rangers, it would be a nobrainer to go and sign him.”