"Fantastic talent"; Tommy McIntyre highlights 2 youngsters after Celtic B's derby clash

By David Walton

April 13, 2022

Celtic B coach Tommy McIntyre was left hugely impressed with the performances of Ewan Otoo and Matthew Anderson in the Lowland League loss to Rangers yesterday.

The Hoops starlets suffered an unfortunate 1-0 loss to their rivals at Celtic Park despite the game being evenly-matched for long periods.

Yet even taking the result into account, Celtic remain ahead of Rangers in the table with a 3-point difference. McIntyre’s side will still have their sights on catching East Kilbride in second whilst an opportunity at revenge lies in wait next week in their Glasgow Cup semi-final.

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But as he reflected on last night in isolation, McIntyre picked out Otoo and Anderson for praise at his post-match press conference in which 67HailHail attended:

“I thought that Ewan Otoo who came back [impressed]. He’s been out most of the season. We only gave him 50 minutes against Dalbeattie because of the restraints on him and the type of injury he had. Rather than risk him on Saturday against Civil Service, I put him on the bench and I was only going to give him 30 minutes so he would be fine for tonight. So I thought he did really well coming back in for somebody who’s missed a huge chunk of the season. He’s a big influence on the dressing room and the pitch.

“And I thought young Mat Anderson, another one who’s an 04 [age group] who come in, that’s his first 60 minutes in 10 or 12 weeks. He’s a young player who’s been unlucky with injury this year. He’s a fantastic talent at left-back. So again I never played him [on Saturday] because you only get so much out of them because they’ve been out for so long.

“So he came back in and he played tonight. He was always going to get 60 minutes. I did try to squeeze a wee bit more out of him but I think then you run the risk of losing him for pre-season. He came in so for me that was probably one of the main successes.”

It’s all gone quiet in derby week as Ange turns out for Celtic Park fixture

It’s all gone quiet in derby week as Ange turns out for Celtic Park fixture
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Ewan Otoo and Matthew Anderson impress as Celtic B look for quick response

Otoo, who as McIntyre mentioned has had an unfortunate campaign due to injury, impressed last season at senior level for Clyde. Danny Lennon stated at the time that Otoo was “years ahead” in terms of his maturity [Daily Record].

Anderson, meanwhile, only just turned 18 in January and put in a solid shift against Rangers yesterday. Even though the occasion ended in defeat, you can’t underestimate how important it is for the B team to experience events like yesterday.

Yes, we all hoped they would come out on top and have a night to remember with the supporters. But it’s a learning process at that level, and playing at Parkhead in front of a decent crowd is something they will all be proud of.

Celtic B vs Rangers B at Parkhead

Granted, the results of the last 2 derby matches at B team level will likely be eating away at them. The game last night came hot on the heels of a 3-0 loss at Ibrox last month. The young Hoops will now travel to Broomhill in the Lowland League before their Glasgow Cup semi-final vs Rangers.

It’s still an exciting period for the youngsters who were watched by Ange Postecoglou, John Kennedy, and Gavin Strachan last night.

Hopefully, they manage to bounce back quickly with 3 points this Saturday.

In other news, Celtic’s biggest transfer window priority this summer is already clear