Confirmed: Celtic B drawn against Annan Athletic in SPFL Trust Trophy
Celtic B have been drawn against Annan Athletic, and potentially Greenock Morton in the newly-named SPFL Trust Trophy.
Formerly known as the Challenge Cup and the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup, it’s Celtic B’s first outing in cup competition. Having entered the Scottish Lowland Football League for their inaugural season, the B Team were eligible to enter the SPFL Trust Trophy at the first round stage. All 12 Scottish Premiership teams have submitted B sides to play in the trophy.
The last winners were joint-winners, with the competition being suspended by Covid-19. The final, between Raith Rovers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle was cancelled, and so both the Fife side and the Highlanders shared the honours.
It’s an interesting match-up for the Celtic B Team. In the last meeting between Annan Athletic and a Celtic Colts side, the Bhoys were walloped 4-0 [Annan Athletic]. Just as the SLFL is no sure thing for any B team, the Scottish League 2 side offer stern competition for Celtic’s youngsters.
As for Greenock Morton, Celtic met them in the 2018 Scottish Cup. The duo of Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard put three past them [BBC], but we didn’t fare so well five years prior. Dougie Imrie’s penalty saw Morton past Neil Lennon’s Celtic in the League Cup.
Still many questions remain about Celtic B Team
Unlike Colt sides in the past, there’s more of a feeling that the Celtic B Team is a club within itself. For example, Spanish clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona have B sides who compete in professional leagues.
Who will coach the Celtic B Team? That still remains a question. John Hughes, who managed Ross County last season, has been linked with the job. Tommy McIntyre, head of Youth Development Chris McCart and Stephen McManus are also solid choices to lead out the B Team in the Lowland League.
The first two rounds of the SPFL Trust Trophy are regionalised, with only Scottish teams taking part this time. Formerly, clubs from Wales and Ireland took part in the competition.
However, given last year’s tournament cancellation, it’s being kept to within Scotland.