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CELTIC development side to play Partick Thistle (4-2-3-1)

 

Fasan

Fisher Kelleher Findlay Waters 

Breslin Lindsay 

Thomson McMullan Duffy

 

Scepovic

 

SUBS: McIlduff, Hart, McCart, Miller, Hendry, Lafferty, Hill.

 

6pm KO. Excelsior Stadium.

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STEVIE Frail has praised his side’s clinical second half performance in their 2-0 win over Falkirk at Cappielow tonight (Monday).

The Young Hoops controlled large parts of the match but struggled to find the cutting edge in the first half.

Frail introduced Calvin Miller and Michael Duffy for the second half and the pair linked up well to break the deadlock after the hour mark when Miller converted a Duffy cross from the right wing.

Stefan Scepovic then bagged the second with a powerful header 13 minutes from time to secure the points and the manager praised his players for their second half showing.

“It was a good performance, especially second half and we got a good three points,” he said.

“The first half we were a little bit off the pace in terms of what we have been like in the past few weeks. We didn’t pass it as well and we didn’t press as well as we have been doing.

“We got the players in at half time and told them what we were looking for more in the second half and I think we got that with switches of play.

“Aleksandar Tonev was a real threat in the second half and we scored two good goals.”

The victory marked Celtic’s third win on the bounce and their fifth clean sheet in a row in the league and helped them claw back lost ground on league leaders Hamilton.

The Hoops will meet the Lanarkshire side in the Scottish Youth Cup next Monday and Frail added that tonight’s win has boosted confidence going into the tie.

He said: “It’s always nice to win and we did that in the right way. We try to pass, start from the back and build throughout the pitch.

“There are lots of things for us to work on but we have a big game against Hamilton with another clean sheet and great performance from Leo Fasan in goal.

“I’m really looking forward to it but it’s a busy period so we need to make sure we can keep everyone ticking over and ready for the big games ahead.”

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SPFL Premiership Development Squad League

Thursday, February 26

Lennoxtown

 

CELTIC 5

(Scepovic 2, Lindsay 2, Boerrigter)

Inverness CT 0

 

CELTIC’S Development Squad recorded their fourth victory in a row and their seventh consecutive clean sheet in an impressive 5-0 victory over Inverness Caley Thistle at Lennoxtown this afternoon (Thursday)

 

Stefan Scepovic and Jamie Lindsay both scored two goals apiece, while there was a stunning right foot strike from Derk Boerrigter, who was making a return to action following a lengthy injury lay-off.

 

And from the first whistle, the Dutchman was causing Caley Thistle problems down, getting beyond his man and delivering some dangerous crosses into the box.

 

And it was from one of those deliveries that Celtic took the lead. Boerrigter skipped past the right-back, Brown, and his cross was met by Scepovic who powered home a header beyond Hoban in the Caley Thistle goal.

 

Celtic were already dominating proceedings with their captain, Lindsay, alongside Joe Thomson who was playing a central midfield role, dictating the pace of the game.

 

And it was no surprise when the Hoops doubled their lead on 15 minutes. Lindsay showed great battling qualities to win a tackle and push the ball wide where Boerrigter gathered the ball, cut inside and fired an unstoppable right-foot shot into the top left-hand corner of the visitors’ net.

 

It may have been his weaker foot, but the power on the strike left the keeper with no chance.

 

Celtic pressed forward in search of a third goal, and there were chances for Michael Duffy, whose shot was blocked just inside the box, while Boerrigter saw a left-foot shot from 20 yards just go narrowly wide of the post.

 

Indeed, it took until the 40th minute for Inverness to fashion a chance, with Baptie attempting to chip goalkeeper, Jordan Hart, but his effort from the edge of the box sailed harmlessly wide.

 

And on the stroke of half-time, new Bhoy Jaison McGrath directed a header narrowly over from a Calum Waters cross

Boerrigter came off at half-time, having enjoyed a first 45 minutes back, to be replaced by Calvin Miller, and Celtic continued in the same vein, pushing forward at every opportunity.

 

Lindsay was finding space in the inside-right channel and found himself in space inside the six-yard box when the ball fell to him, but he couldn’t direct his shot on target. He would soon make up for that, however.

 

But when Celtic got their inevitable third goal, it was Scepovic who was once again on target on 52 minutes. Waters delivered a cross into the box which found its way to the Serbian. He took a touch before firing home a left-footed shot for his second of the afternoon.

 

Jamie Lindsay finally got the goal that his performance deserved on 65 minutes. He slotted a pass towards Michael Duffy inside the box which was blocked, but he was the first to react, following up and hitting a shot that took a slight deflection and ended up in the back of the net.

 

And he followed that up four minutes later with his second and Celtic’s fifth of the afternoon. Scepovic’s shot beat the Inverness keeper but came back off the post and Lindsay headed home the rebound.

 

The Hoops captain went in search of a hat-trick and was frustrated when he didn’t get a lay-off at the edge of the box after he had fashioned some space.

 

But it was an impressive performance from Stevie Frail’s side, who will now face Aberdeen on Monday.

 

CELTIC (4-2-3-1): Hart; Fisher, Breslin, McCart, Waters (McIlduff 78); Lindsay, Thomson; Duffy, Scepovic, Boerrigter (Miller 46); McGrath (Lafferty 72).

Subs not used: McAdams; Wardrop

 

ICT: Hoban; C. Brown, Howarth, Stark (MacLeod 83), J. Brown, Rennie, Hull (Velzian 70), Blackett, Ferguson, Sutherland, Baptie.

Subs not used: Foster

 

Man of the Match: Jamie Lindsay  

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SPFL Development League

Cappielow, Greenock

Monday, March 2, 2015

CELTIC...0

ABERDEEN...3

(Shankland 21, 40, 67)

 

LAWRENCE Shankland’s hat-trick consigned Celtic’s Development Side to their first defeat in eight games as Aberdeen ran out 3-0 winners at Cappielow

 

The striker showed his predatory instincts by converting twice from close range in the space of 19 minutes to put the Dons in charge at the break.

 

And he ended any hopes of a comeback from Stevie Frail’s side by finishing expertly from an acute angle midway through the second half.

 

The defeat also ended the Bhoys' run of seven clean sheets and halted their momentum as they attempted to reel in the league leaders. 

 

Again there was a mixture of youth and experience in the young Celts’ starting XI as Frail made three changes from the team that hammered Inverness Caley Thistle 5-0 last week.

 

Leo Fasan returned between the sticks after travelling to Italy with the first team squad, while Fiacre Kelleher was restored in central defensive. Further forward, Callum McGregor was deployed behind lone striker, Jaison McGrath. Derk Boerrigter retained his place in the side as he continued his comeback from a long injury lay-off.

 

The Bhoys started brightly, controlling possession and moving the ball with pace and precision, with McGregor and Joe Thomson trying their luck from the edge of the area.

 

But Kelleher had to react sharply at the other end to make a last-ditch challenge to deny Shankland as he prepared to the pull the trigger.

 

Dons midfielder Cammy Smith saw a shot charged down by a host of Hoops defenders on the edge of the box and, before Jamie Lindsay fired over following Thomson’s free-kick as both sides fought for supremacy.

 

However, it was the Pittodrie side who struck first. Smith drilled in a low cross in from the right and Shankland was on hand to apply the finish past a stranded Fasan.

 

Buoyed by their goal, the visitors went in search of a second and Fasan had to turn Cem Felek angled shot wide. From the resultant corner, Jaison McGrath led a breakaway and only the offside flag prevented Michael Duffy was bearing down on goal.

 

The lively Smith’s weak shot was gathered by Fasan, before Boerrigter brought out a save from Robbie Mutch after manufacturing some space on the edge of the box.

 

The home side were getting into some promising positions, but delivering the killer final pass was proving elusive, while the Reds always carried a threat through the predatory Shankland, who glanced a header wide from Clark Robertson’s cross.

 

And it was from the same combination that the Dons doubled their lead as Robertson’s inviting delivery from the left was bundled home by the league’s top scorer.

 

Duffy did his best to muster an instant reply, weaving his way past several challenges but the Irish youngster could only drag his final effort wide.

 

Frail made a triple change at the break, sending on Jack Breslin, Mark Hill and Calvin Miller for Darnell Fisher, McGregor and Boerrigter.

 

The young Celts were showing plenty of energy and desire as they fought for a way back into the contest, but the visitors posed the first threat of the second half, when Fasan had to race from his line to clear a long ball ahead of the onrushing Shankland.

 

Thomson had the first meaningful effort of the half for the Bhoys, driving inside from the left and into the box but his shot was charged down by Michael Rose.

 

As the hail hammered down at Cappielow, Frail’s side started to gain some ascendancy, with Hill making some purposeful runs forward.

 

After the midfielder had made progress down the right, he picked out McGrath in the middle, who spun and shot but saw his effort blocked by a defender.

 

Hill then had the ball in the net, finishing off a well-worked move but he was denied by the offside flag. However, Aberdeen surged straight up the other end to add number three as Shankland won the physical tussle with Keller, before finding the net from an acute angle.

 

There looked no way back for the Bhoys but they continued to persevere, searching for a glimmer of hope, but it was too be a frustrating afternoon for them, with focus now switching to Thursday’s match against Ross County and the chance of swift redemption.

 

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Fasan; Fisher (Breslin 46), Kelleher, McCart, Waters; Thomson, Lindsay; Duffy, McGregor (Hill 46), Boerrigter (Miller 46); McGrath

Not Used: Hart, McIlduff, Lafferty, Wardrop

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