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  • McIntyre expecting resolute response from Celts in SFA Youth Cup

    McIntyre expecting resolute response from Celts in SFA Youth Cup

    By: Tony Connelly on 03 Nov, 2017 16:01

  • TOMMY McIntyre is anticipating a resolute performance from his Development Squad as they begin the defence of their Scottish FA Youth Cup against Alloa Athletic just days after coming agonisingly close to getting a result against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Youth League.

    The Development Squad face a third round tie away to the Wasps at the Indodrill Stadium, Alloa this Sunday, November 5. (KO: 1pm)

    And speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website ahead of the game, Tommy McIntyre said: “The Youth Cup is one we’ve done particularly well with over the years. It’s one that’s of significant value to us and there’s a lot of media attention that goes along with the Youth Cup. It is age-specific too, so they'll be coming up against the best in their age group.

    “It’s one that we really look forward to and we’re conscious of the fact that Alloa have a really good structure. I’ve watched them a couple of times already. They’ll be really organised and they’ll prove to be a real test for us. There’s a certain way we want to play and we’ve done all our homework for this game.

    “We’ll make one or two changes to freshen up the team a little bit because the games are coming fast and furious just now."

    The fixture follows closely on the heels of Tuesday's game against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Youth League in which Celtic were leading by a goal before the German side fought back and snatched an injury-time winner.

    McIntyre says that he and the players were disappointed not to have claimed a point having dominated much of the game, but he believes that disappointment, along with the players' desire to prove themselves worthy of an opportunity in the first-team, will bring the best out in them.

    “To not come away with anything from the Bayern game is really disappointing,” said McIntyre. “However, the bigger picture is how well the players have adapted to the European youth games and how they’ve went toe-to-toe with the cream of Europe in a competitive element, which is important.

    “They’ll remember that they play for Celtic and every game is the same. There shouldn’t be any disparity between the games and you don’t pick your games. We prepare the same way for the Alloa game as we did for Bayern Munich. Naturally with the players you’re expecting a kick-back from it and as with every game the ultimate aim is to progress and get to the next level."

    He added: “As nice as it is to win the next game, the bigger picture is getting to the next level and they know in order to do that they need to perform. It doesn’t matter who they play. If they play well they’ll recognised."

    The match against Alloa Athletic this Sunday is free to all and kicks off at 1pm at the Indodrill Stadium in Alloa. 

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