Bounce game double-header scheduled for young Celtic team
A young Celtic XI are set to tackle a pre-season bounce game double-header against East Kilbride and Northampton Town respectively.
EK boss Kevin Rutkiewicz had already confirmed last month that his team was due to face Celtic at Lennoxtown on July 2nd [Daily Record]. And today, Northampton have also stated that they’ll be taking on a young Hoops side at their pre-season training base at St Andrew’s.
The Celtic B team faced East Kilbride in the Lowland League last season, winning 3-0 and drawing 1-1 in their respective meetings.
It comes with Celtic still awaiting news on whether the club will be granted access to the Lowland League next season. The Hoops will be hoping to face East Kilbride yet again, with a vote due to be held today.
The 2 pre-season games will also occur during the first-team’s pre-season camp in Austria. Therefore, it’s hihgly unlikely we see any of the current senior players involved in either match.
It remains to be seen if Celtic add to their pre-season prep and whether the vote on Lowland League admission will affect their plans in any way.
Celtic youngsters set for pre-season schedule as preparations begin to take shape
You would expect some more friendly matches to be arranged for the youngsters whether they’re closed doors or open to the public. Especially if we’re gearing up for a Lowland League campaign next season.
Celtic fans will be keeping a close eye on any emerging talents next year given Ange Postecoglou’s habit of bringing youth through to the senior side.
As many as 6 B team talents were given their debuts last term. A clear sign that the Celtic bost is ready to invest in those youth players who deserve their opportunity to shine.
Indeed, we saw the likes of Owen Moffat, Dane Murray, Liam Shaw, and Joey Dawson make their Parkhead bows just to name some. The B team squad has plenty of talent in it too with the likes of Rudi Vata and Tobi Oluwayemi no doubt aiming to make a breakthrough in the near future.
It’s going to be an exciting campaign should they be granted Lowland League access next year. Especially given the fact we finished 3rd in the competition last year.
Hopefully, these matches against East Kilbride and Northampton Town help build back the sharpness ahead of the new season.