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  • McIntyre: Bhoys are relishing Manchester United showdown

    McIntyre: Bhoys are relishing Manchester United showdown

    By: Mark Henderson on 01 Dec, 2017 16:31

  • TOMMY McIntyre says that Celtic will be aiming to maintain their impressive run of performances in Saturday’s Premier League International Cup clash against Manchester United.

    The young Hoops go into the game at Leigh Sports Village (KO: 2pm) on the back of a convincing 3-1 win over St Johnstone on Wednesday, and having put Raith Rovers to the sword 5-0 in the Youth Cup as they maintained their perfect start to the domestic campaign.

    In European competition, the Bhoys have also turned in some notable displays, including an excellent 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their last outing in their last outing in the Under-23 competition.

    Speaking to the official Celtic website, McIntyre said: “The big thing is ultimately the performance, individual performances, but more importantly for me is the collective performance. When we've been at it collectively as a team, we have been really strong and looked good.

    “Against Bilbao I thought we were first-class when we had a mixture of first team and young players. We won’t have as many first-team players this time but, nonetheless, it gives one or two others who have been doing really well with the Development Squad the chance to come in.

    “It’s about performing and how they take to the game, but the players are ready and are looking forward to it and know what they need to do.”

    It will be the third game in the space of six days for the young Celts, but McIntyre holds no concerns about the hectic fixture schedule affecting his players for the clash with the Red Devils.

    “We have been the proverbial one game at a time as we've had a lot of games recently,” said the Professional Academy Manager. “Previously we didn’t have a lot of games but now we are taking two a week which is fine and we are comfortable with that, and we're now focusing on the Manchester United game on Saturday.

    “Obviously, it’s one we are really looking forward to as they have set the pace in the group, beating both Swansea and Athletic Bilabo. We have looked at the games and we are expecting a good side but we're also a good side. It will be a good test for us and one the players and staff are really looking forward to.”

    The only absentee for the young Celts is winger Mikey Johnston, who remains sidelined through injury but is closing in on a return. 

    “The only one I would say is out is Mikey Johnston,” said McIntyre. “We could have risked him in the games but we are looking ahead to the Anderlecht game. His injury was just one of those training ground injuries that you sometimes get and there wasn’t any contact from any individual player. It will be a big bonus if we can get him for Anderlecht but he won’t be ready in time for Manchester United game.”

    Manchester United have asked fans wishing to attend the match at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday to pre-register in order for them to gauge numbers attending.  Registration is voluntary and not compulsory. The match is free entry.  Fans wishing to pre-register should follow the link HERE

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