The SPFL Reserve League took another interesting swing this afternoon, as Celtic trounced Motherwell at Forthbank Stadium.
The young Hoops faced off against the Steelmen in a match that could’ve seen Motherwell thrown back into title-contention.
Fortunately, however, goals from Armstrong Oko-flex, PJ Crossan, and Mikey Johnston sealed Celtic the points at Forthbank. Experienced veteran Connor Sammon scored a consolation late on for Motherwell.
It was a simply colossal win. Celtic stay level on points with Hibernian, who rounded off their campaign today against Dunfermline Athletic. A victory against St Johnstone in Celtic’s final match could seal the reserve league title.
And, speaking to Celtic Academy’s Twitter post-match, reserve coach Tommy McIntyre praised his side.
“I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. After the setback of the previous game, we had some time alone with them. I thought they managed the game well in periods – scored three great goals.
“A wee bit disappointed in the goal we conceded because it could’ve bee missed. I’m really delighted with them in there – three points is the most important thing so we keep it going. It’ll probably come down to goal difference (Reserve League), so let’s just see what happens.
“You see the team that Motherwell put out. They’ll have had visions of winning the league as well – effectively that kills them. I thought the players at all times kept the ball on a difficult pitch for both teams. Motherwell made it very hard for us at times, but we weathered the storm.”
It’s in both Celtic and Rangers’ hands
If you were to question which side had the advantage here, you would probably point to Rangers.
Celtic may be three points clear of them, but they have two games left and are already level on goal difference with Celtic. Rangers face Hamilton Accies at home tomorrow in their penultimate game of the campaign.
If Celtic win their re-arranged match against St Johnstone, Rangers simply have to have won both of their final games. But the Hoops should see their St Johnstone match as a promising fixture.
The young Saints sit 16th in the 18-team division. They’ve managed just three wins all season, and have a goal difference of -11. Celtic should view that match as a chance to rattle some goals home.
It will be interesting to see whether we’ll rue the 2-0 home defeat to Rangers last week. But as it stands, it’s still all to play for in this season’s SPFL Reserve League.