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  • McIntyre hails young Celts for excellent pre-season performance

    McIntyre hails young Celts for excellent pre-season performance

    By: Mark Henderson on 28 Jul, 2017 16:01

  • TOMMY McIntyre was highly satisfied with how a young Celtic side performed Newcastle United on Thursday night in the Whitby Challenge Cup, despite going down to a 2-1 defeat. Joe Thomson finished off a well-worked move in the 25th minute to hand the young Hoops the lead, but quick-fire goals from Ivan Toney in the second-half secured victory for the Magpies.

    But the Professional Academy Manager took plenty of positives from how his charges had acquitted themselves against older opposition at the Turnbull Ground.

    “It was an excellent performance,” he told the official Celtic website. “They were a much older Newcastle team and they had three players who had been involved in the first-team, including Stuart Findlay, who previously played at Celtic. But we played really well, dominating big parts of the game and we created a lot of chances.

    “Their goalkeeper had some fantastic saves and we scored a very good goal, and the only negative were the two goals we gave away as they were preventable, just two basic defensive errors. But, nonetheless, I was very pleased by the performance of the players.

    “It was their U23 team, and they were a big side, while we had a lot of U18s, alongside some more experienced players such Ross Doohan in goal, Sam Wardrop, Aidan Nesbitt, Joe Thomson, Regan Hendry and PJ Crossan.

    “The goal was a very good move. We had around 15 passes and then Crossan played the ball into the box and Joe Thomson ghosted in, took the ball on the run and popped it in the corner. It was a very well-worked goal, and also well-earned. We started the game a wee bit edgy but then we grew into it.”

    The Bhoys will now either face Whitby Town or AZ Alkmaar in the third/fourth place play-off on Saturday, depending on who loses between the sides when they go head-to-head this evening.

    “It will be a different type of test,” said McIntyre. “If it’s AZ Alkmaar then you get the European type of game, while Whitby have no age restriction so they will be men, so it will be a good test for us.

    “It’s been a really well-organised tournament and we will look forward to the game on Saturday. We have no major injuries but we will probably make a lot of changes and play a young side but, again, it will be good experience for them and they will cope well.”

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Doohan; Wardrop, Duffy, Deas, Bell (Welsh 46); McInroy (Divers 70), Thomson; Hendry, E. Henderson (McLaughlin 60), Nesbitt; Crossan.

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