Karamoko Dembele bags wonder assist but Celtic B lose out to rivals in Glasgow Cup

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Karamoko Dembele produced a sensational assist but it wasn’t enough to help Celtic B progress to the Glasgow Cup final against Rangers.

Karamoko weaved past 2 Ibrox youngsters with a sizzling run to set up Ben Summers for what looked like the winner. However, Cole MacKinnon equalised for Rangers with only 13 minutes remaining.

Mikey Johnston had earlier marked his return to action with a first-half strike, but it was cancelled out by Ross MacAusland before the break. 2-2 would be the final score as the game went to penalties.

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Ben Summers, Mikey Johnston, Adam Brooks, and Rocco Vata all netted. However, Ben Wylie’s miss would prove costly as Rangers netted all 5 of their spot-kicks.

There was a boost for Celtic fans this afternoon however with Christopher Jullien getting valuable minutes. He performed well enough on his return to action, whilst Johnston bagged a goal in his B team return.

The result unfortunately means the end of the season for the B side after the Lowland League came to an end at the weekend.

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Celtic B unfortunate against Rangers despite impressing away from home

A sore one to take for the youngsters who coped well with Rangers throughout the afternoon. Celtic looked the likeliest when it came to going through and after leading twice will be disappointed they didn’t get the job done.

It’ll be even more painful for the youngsters given recent Lowland League results against the Ibrox starlets. A 3-0 defeat at Ibrox back in March was followed by a 1-0 loss at Parkhead last week. But even so, there were still some positive contributions today.

Josh Dede, Bosun Lawal, and Ewan Otoo will be pleased with their particular displays. Johnston and Jullien, meanwhile, showed their experience after being selected for minutes.

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But a defeat is a defeat. Again, it’s all part of the learning process for so many of these inexperienced talents. Being robbed of a cup final opportunity against Queen’s Park or Clyde will certainly leave them disappointed.

Hopefully, however, they’ll reflect on the campaign they’ve had in a positive manner. The Lowland League has provided them with an opportunity to build up their strength and increase their physical development in a much more competitive environment than the Reserve League. Time will tell of course whether this proves beneficial for Celtic in the long run.

The Glasgow derby losses have been tough on them too, with none as disappointing as today’s penalty shootout loss. Hopefully, they take it as a big lesson learned, but they were anything but outclassed at Auchenhowie.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic work appears to be impressing people in Germany