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  • Celts edged out by Bohemians Prague in Austria

    Celts edged out by Bohemians Prague in Austria

    By: Tony Connelly on 30 Jun, 2018 16:35

  • Pre-season Friendly
    Saturday, June 30, 2018
    Huber Arena, Wels, Austria


    (Masek 35)

    CELTIC were narrowly edged out by Bohemians Prague in the second pre-season friendly of their Austrian tour, despite creating plenty of chances in front of goal.

    The Cezch side snatched the lead with a first-half goal and managed to keep the Hoops at bay in the second period to clinch the win.

    It was a game of two drastically different halves, with Celtic dominating the first half and having to do more defending in the second period.

    Brendan Rodgers named a strong starting XI which was reflected in Celtic’s dominance early on in the first half.

    Celtic enjoyed the bulk of possession and created numerous chances in front of goal but they were missing the crucial final touch which would have given them a well-deserved goal.

    Jonny Hayes was unfortunate not to put Celtic ahead early on when he met James Forrest’s low cross at the back post, but the Irishman fired just wide of post from close range.

    The Hoops’ continued to mount pressure on Bohemians in the early stages and Forrest was at the helm of Celtic’s best chance of the game.

    Ryan Christie showed good strength in the box to hold off the defender and slip the ball to the on-running Forrest, who saw his effort come off the underside of the crossbar.

    There were a number of positives to be taken from the game, with the team’s fitness levels looking good and chances coming from an array of players.

    Scott Sinclair gave the Cezch side a scare when he cut inside and curled a good right-footed shot towards the far corner only to be denied by a great save.

    Bohemians created little in the way of goalscoring opportunities and saw little of the ball throughout the first half but they capitalised on a defensive error to take the lead against the run of play late on in the first half.

    Filip Hasek latched on to a loose ball out on the right before driving for the byline and cutting a pass back for Dominik Masek, who beat Craig Gordon with the help of a deflection.

    Brendan Rodgers made 10 changes in the second half as he fielded a younger team with the likes of Michael Johnston, Tony Ralston and Ewan Henderson getting some game time.

    Celtic took time to find their feet in the second half following the sweeping changes and were busier in defence than they were in the first half.

    Johnston, however, emerged as a real threat out on the right and showed why Brendan Rodgers had spoken so highly of him last season with some promising attacking play out on the wing.

    The 19 year-old used his neat footwork to fashion a chance out on the right when he dribbled past two opponents on his way to the byline before cutting a pass back for Scott Allan, but the final product was not enough to beat the keeper.

    Johnston linked up well with Leigh Griffiths to create another good chance for Celtic but Griffiths’ cut back into the six-yard box just evaded Allan.

    Celtic dealt well to contend with Bohemians' attempts to increase their lead and prevented them from enjoying any real opportunities.

    And while Brendan Rodgers’ side didn't create as many chances in the second half and were unable to find a way back into the game, positives can be taken from the fact that Celtic’s strongest XI looked sharp and created plenty of opportunities in front of goal.

    The Hoops now have three days to prepare for their third and final pre-season friendly in Austria when they face Sparta Prague.

    CELTIC (3-4-2-1) Gordon (Bain 46); Hendry (Ralston 46), Ajer (Compper 46), Tierney (Simunovic 46); Forrest (Johnstone 46), Brown (Kouassi 46), McGregor (Ntcham 46), Hayes (Miller 30); Christie (Henderson 46), Sinclair (Allan 46); Edouard (Griffiths 46)
    Not Used: Bain, Hazard, Doohan, Welsh, McInroy

    BOHEMIANS PRAGUE (4-2-3-1) Frystak, Dostal, Svec, Vanicek, Bartek, Reiter, Hasek, Smid, Bederka, Masek, Julis
    Subs: Jindrisek, Zaviska, Necas, Krch, Vodhanel, Couba, Kas, Kabaevn


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