Nigel Adkins praises Celtic after Charlton friendly; hails 'magnificent' moment

By John McGinley

July 12, 2021

Charlton Athletic manager Nigel Adkins was delighted with the learning experience his side went through on Saturday, praising Celtic in the wake of the fixture.

The Bhoys emerged as 2-1 winners on the afternoon, again showcasing the new tactical stylings of Ange Postecoglou.

That was particularly apparent in the first half, when goals from Karamoko Dembele and Albian Ajeti Celtic on the path to victory.

Adkins was understandably happier with his team’s performance in the second half, when the teams changed lineups.

He also hailed the ‘magnificent’ save from Scott Bain that denied them a draw.

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Speaking to the Addicks’ official website, the Charlton boss said: “It was a good Celtic side and what a fantastic opportunity for our young players. We are 11 days into pre-season, they are playing in Europe in 10 days time so they are well ahead of us.

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“Conor Washington scored a magnificent goal and the goalkeeper made a magnificent save towards the end. We had a few chances in the first half. They were a very good side, you could see that from the way they kept possession, but what a great experience for our young players. We mixed and matched both halves, it is a learning environment for everybody. I was really pleased with so many of the players.

“We’ve got young players, a good environment, excellent coaches, medical and sports science team. We’ve come away against a big organistation in Celtic and there is many things we can take away from it as we progress through pre-season.”

Bain did indeed impress with his save near the death, but it remains to be seen whether Postecoglou will be convinced to give him a starting berth against FC Midtjylland.

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The smart money would be on Vasilis Barkas being given the nod for that one. The Greek looks a little more comfortable with the ball at his feet, which is apparently a requirement of Postecoglou’s system.

In fact, the goalkeeper was playing a very high line against Charlton, which took me by surprise somewhat. I’m told this will be a feature in all our matches under Postecoglou moving forward.

That seems like more of a job for Barkas than Bain.

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