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  • Coach's praise for Celtic's Glasgow Cup winners

    Coach's praise for Celtic's Glasgow Cup winners

    By: Kenny McKay on 29 Apr, 2014 12:00

  • CELTIC Under-17s coach Tommy McIntyre has praised his team for winning in style after the young Hoops claimed the City of Glasgow Cup.

    The Bhoys triumphed over their city rivals Rangers in an exciting final played at Celtic Park, with midfielder Aidan Nesbitt scoring the only goal of the game in the second-half.

    In what was a typically frantic cup clash, Celtic used the width of the Paradise pitch to their advantage, with full backs Sam Wardrop and Aidan McIllduff getting forward on numerous occasions.

    After a frustrating 45 minutes, during which Celtic struck the woodwork via Regan Hendry, the Hoops resumed their passing game into the second half before finally getting a deserved goal on the 73rd minute.

    Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV after the result, McIntyre said he was proud of the commitment and professionalism shown by his players to get the win.

    He said: “I thought we dominated the game in large spells, we were the better team and overall we deserved it. We knew it was going to be tight and cup finals always are but I thought we played well throughout. The pitch was immaculate and that’s the sort of venue these young players want to play at.

    “If anything, I think the bigger pitch suited us. They way we play involves lots of movement and quick fast-flowing football, so we certainly knew Rangers would sit and frustrate us but we had to use patience to get past that, and we did.

    “We were creating chance after chance and I felt that we could have scored a second.”

    The cup win now means that the Celtic-U17s have claimed the domestic double, having wrapped up their league title earlier in the season.

    And with the likes of captain Joe Thomson among six players who have also recently made the step-up to the U20s, McIntyre believes the composure shown by his team in the final will stand them in good stead as they continue their progress at Paradise.

    He said: “We were aware of the threat that Rangers posed and that they’d be looking to get that long ball over the top to their number nine and hopefully play off that. But we were sharp to that and most importantly we knew we could play football.

    “Our players did a lot of work in training about how we were going to press the ball and get possession back and I’m delighted to say the players did that. It shows that they are willing to learn and continue improving as footballers.“It’s a very traditional trophy and to win it is a great learning curve for them and I’m delighted we’ve won it."

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