Celtic are reportedly set to face off against a Huddersfield Town XI at Lennoxton on Friday, according to the Examiner Live.
A Celtic XI went down to Huddersfield back in January and romped to a routine 3-1 win in England. However, it looks as though a return game is set for the end of the week.
Examiner Live has stated that kick-off will be at 2pm, with Huddersfield taking both a mixture of fringe and first-team players up to Scotland.
They also report that former Tottenham man Jaden Brown, German defender Herbert Bockhorn, and on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara could feature.
The game interestingly comes only four days before the Celtic reserves take on Aberdeen in the Reserve Cup final at Pittodrie. Certain players who perhaps would’ve played against Huddersfield may therefore be rested.
Reserve Cup must be the priority
When we last faced Huddersfield little over a month ago, the likes of Karamoko Dembele, Ewan Henderson, Liam Burt, Luca Connell, and Barry Coffey were all involved.
All five of those players are youngsters you would expect to play at Pittodrie next week. It would be a surprise if they were risked so close to the cup final.
Of course there is real value in these challenge matches. Celtic’s youngsters got plenty of positive press after winning at Chelsea earlier this year, whilst taking on the likes of Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough will give the young players at Lennoxtown a chance to face some senior players.
But Celtic have been competing for the Reserve Cup all season. Our first game in the competition came back in August at Dundee. After being knocked out of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup in round two, this provides the players with an opportunity to get some silverware to their names.
Celtic are also still in the Glasgow Cup, and will face Partick Thistle in April as that competition rolls on.
In any case, it’s great to see the reserves continuing to play on a regular basis. Especially with it only being out first year outside of the development league. Hopefully, it’s another big week for our second-string.