Celtic B miss out on Lowland League title despite Saturday win; can still finish above Rangers

By John McGinley

April 15, 2023

Celtic B did all they could to keep the pressure on Spartans in the Scottish Lowland Football League this afternoon but their 2-1 victory over East Stirlingshire was not enough to keep them in the title hunt.

Spartans also won at home to Cowdenbeath meaning they have now clinched first position on 78 points, two ahead of the Celtic side.

Celtic have now played all 36 of their fixtures, so it’s impossible for the champions to be caught even though other teams have games to play.

Goals from Corey Thomson and Daniel Cummings at least ensured the young Bhoys finished off the season as strongly as possible after a long campaign.

There will now be a wait to determine where they will finish in the league table. Third-placed Rangers are now five points behind the Hoops but have two games to play over the next couple of weeks.

The Ibrox youngsters travel to East Stirlingshire and then host Caledonian Braves knowing that they can still pip Celtic to the runner-up spot behind Spartans.

Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus will no doubt see it as a season of progress regardless, helping bridge the gap between the youths and the senior side.

Players such as Rocco Vata, Ben Summers and Bosun Lawal are now training with Ange Postecoglou’s outfit full-time, with Vata making his debut this term. That’s what this project is all about, rather than trophy success or league placings.

Nonetheless, it’d be fantastic to be ahead of Rangers, knowing that the Bhoys also ran Spartans close for a title. Celtic won an impressive 23 matches from their 36, scoring 96 goals along the way – currently more than anyone else.

Fingers crossed for some dropped points!

In other news, Celtic youngster wins league title out on loan.