There’s a huge opportunity for the Hoops youngsters tonight that has flown under the radar – with Falkirk set to face Celtic Colts this evening.

It will undoubtedly feel a tad off for the young Bhoys. They’ll know that all eyes will be on Parkhead tonight as Celtic host Cluj. But away from there, they have a huge chance of their own to make an impression against Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium.

Their match tonight is in the second round of the brilliantly-named Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup. Or, if we give it its well-known title – the Challenge Cup.

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Tommy McIntyre’s youngsters have a big job on their hands (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Celtic’s youngsters come into the match tonight having knocked Queen’s Park out of the competition on penalty kicks. Jack Aitchison and Armstrong Oko-Flex had us cruise control against Queen’s. However, Salim Kouider-Aissa and Adam Martin restored parity to take the game to penalties.

The shootout was certainly given plenty of headlines the next day thanks to the scorer of the winning penalty. Liam Burt signed after being released from Rangers, and slotted home the winner to set up tonight’s match.

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A huge step-up awaits in Falkirk vs Celtic Colts clash

Make no mistake, this won’t be Queen’s Park away.

Falkirk have started their League One campaign well this season. They did only manage a 0-0 draw in Peterhead on match-day one, but they mauled Dumbarton 6-0 last weekend. The same Dumbarton who were in the Scottish Championship just two years ago.

Luca Connell could be a big player for the Colts tonight (Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Stephen Welsh and Robbie Deas could have their work cut out for them tonight with that kind of firepower. Falkirk have real high-level experience in their side. The likes of Michael Tidser, Ian McShane, Charlie Telfer, and Connor Sammon make up some of their more recognisable players.

For Celtic, it remains to be seen if Karamoko Dembele returns from the injury that ruled him out of the Queen’s match. Meanwhile, the likes of Luca Connell, Ewan Henderson, and Calvin Miller could all get run-outs tonight.

Can Jack Aitchison score another big goal for the under-21s? (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s going to be a fantastic test for the youngsters. Hopefully, they can do us proud just like the first-team. With the experience we also have in our side, it will hopefully stand us in good stead.

So when you leave Parkhead tonight or finish up watching the Hoops knock Cluj out (touch wood), you can have a wee check-up on how the youngsters have gotten on in Falkirk.

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