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  • Reserves relishing Coatbridge clash with Albion Rovers

    Reserves relishing Coatbridge clash with Albion Rovers

    By: Mark Henderson on 06 Aug, 2018 17:01

  • RESERVE team manager, Tommy McIntyre reckons facing Albion Rovers in Tuesday night’s Jock Stein Friendship Cup will be an ideal test for his players as they close in on their first competitive game of the season against Annan Athletic.

    The young Hoops will take on the Coatbridge club at Cliftonhill (KO: 7:30pm), where they’ll be looking to retain the trophy which they lifted 12 months ago following a magnificent 7-0 victory.

    It will be the second-string’s last competitive outing before they face Annan Athletic next Tuesday (August 14), in the first round of the IRN-BRU Cup for the third year running.

    Last season, the Bhoys lost 2-1 to the League Two side after playing most of the match with 10 men, but they enjoyed a 5-1 victory over the Galabank outfit in the previous campaign.

    Speaking to the official website, McIntyre said: “This will be a different type of game for us, more similar to the Annan game which is coming up.

    “Annan have been doing really well at the start of the season, and we’ve had good reports on them which indicate they’ve improved compared to the previous years we’ve played them. That’ll be a tough one and I don’t see Albion Rovers being any different.

    “But we’re really looking forward to it and obviously the Jock Stein Friendship Cup has special meaning to the club, which is important, and we’re delighted to take part in it and offer the opposition against Albion Rovers.”

    Celtic's reserves will face Albion Rovers in the Jock Stein Friendship Cup at Cliftonhill on Tuesday, August 7. Kick-off 7.30pm. It’s pay at the gate and entry is £5. Under-12s accompanied by a paying adult will gain free entry.

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