A report in the Daily Record has stated that Celtic and Hibernian were due to have a friendly game today.
The match was scheduled to take place just hours after the two sides clashed in Premiership action at Parkhead last night.
The Record states that the friendly was set to include a host of Celtic’s Lennoxtown youngsters. Hibs were also looking to include the likes of Scott Allan in their team to boost his own recovery bid.
However, the report says that Celtic’s trip to Dubai has put a dagger in the friendly contest. Due to so many of the academy starlets being called up to the first-team last night, today’s friendly had to be cancelled.
The likes of Stephen Welsh, Cameron Harper, Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele, and Armstrong Oko-Flex all featured last night. Other youngsters such as Barry Coffey, Luca Connell, and Ross Doohan were on the bench.
Celtic won’t be too fussed, but Hibernian will feel inconvenience from friendly cancellation
This isn’t any real blow from Celtic’s perspective. It’s of more benefit to them for their best youngsters to get first-team action. The likes of Harper and Oko-Flex will have felt the benefits of last night a lot more than a bounce game today.
However, it’s a bit of a slap in the face for Hibernian. They’ll have been looking to get their best young players some more minutes. A difficult game against Celtic’s B side would’ve been ideal for them. So they won’t be pleased.
It’s a shame for Allan too. The former Celtic man looked set to kickstart his comeback in the friendly contest, with his last senior appearance coming back in August. Regardless, it’s great to see he’s on the mend and hopefully, he makes a swift recovery over the next few weeks.
It’s unclear whether the game will be rearranged. The youth players in Celtic’s squad last night will have to be used again over the next week. With the 13 players currently self-isolating needing to stay at home for a total of 10 days, they’ll miss a double-header against Livingston.
So it’s fair to say our top youngsters will be occupied over the next week. That leaves any opportunities for bounce games minimal or likely impossible in truth.
Just another reason Dubai has been an inconvenience for many.