Celtic lost their place as reserve league leaders this afternoon, as they lost 2-0 at home to Rangers.

A brace in the second-half from Rangers’ Glenn Middleton was enough to send the Ibrox youngsters back to Govan with the three points.

The teamsheet looked extremely positive to start off the contest. The likes of Ewan Henderson, Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele, and Armstrong Oko-flex all started the encounter.

Celtic had their chances in a first-half they seemed to shade. Barry Coffey and Johnston both could’ve had Celtic in front before half-time. But a clinical brace from Middleton sandwiched some fine stops from Ryan Mullen to keep the score down.

 

By all accounts, it’s a massively disappointing day for the young Hoops. Rangers’ win moves them back level with Celtic at the top of the table.

Hibernian’s 2-0 win over Dundee United today meant that they also leapfrogged Celtic in the table too. It’s the young Hibees that now top the reserve league, with Rangers in second place.

Youngsters had their big chance to impress

Nobody can deny this was a huge opportunity for the Bhoys. It was a high-profile contest and a mouth-watering clash. Neil Lennon will likely have been kept informed of developments if he wasn’t actually in attendance.

But, unfortunately, it’s a nasty learning curve in not taking your chances. It could also prove to be disastrous in the reserve title-race come the end of the campaign.

It was Graeme Murty’s men that unfortunately came out on top (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic only have two games remaining in their fixture list. The fact that Celtic still have a game in-hand over Hibernian means that they can still leapfrog the Hibees. But they also must overcome Rangers’ superior goal-difference in order to take the reserve title now.

Hibs only have one more game remaining away to Dunfermline, whilst Rangers are just two goals clear of Celtic and also have two matches left like the Hoops.

There is still time to retrieve the campaign, but not winning the title will be a big disappointment at this stage. Motherwell is next up away from home in one week. A victory is now a must, but a convincing one would also be ideal.