Celtic’s reserves pounded Falkirk 4-1 at Cappielow Stadium yesterday, with extensive highlights now available.
The Hoops had the likes of Armstrong Okoflex, Vakoun Issouf Bayo, and Jack Aitchison featuring in the routine victory.
Okoflex managed to notch two goals, with Aitchison grabbing the other pair after initially going 1-0 down.
Some interesting takes from the match involved the performance of new-signing Bayo. The £2million man from Dunajska Streda may not have got his goal, but he certainly looked a handful.
Supporters may be impressed with one volley which he caught well, but was well saved by the Falkirk goalkeeper.
The first thing you notice about Bayo is his physique. Not many centre-backs in Scotland will fancy playing against such a powerful forward, and he clearly has some technique.
But the main talking point had to be Okoflex’s second goal. He’s in a rich vein of form for the reserves now, after another impressive performance in the 4-1 hammering of Partick Thistle reserves at the end of January.
Armstrong showing unreal potential
His second against Falkirk saw him pick the ball up, cut onto his right foot, and curl a spectacular effort away from the Falkirk goalkeeper to put Celtic ahead. It was a stunner, and the 16-year-old is showing some real technique for his age.
Aitchison’s brace also carries on from the goal he scored in the last outing against Thistle. He’s currently on loan at Alloa Athletic. Despite playing four games so far at senior level for the Wasps, he’s yet to score in the Championship.
That follows a similar loan spell at Dumbarton in the first half of the season. After failing to net or assist in any of his four Dumbarton outings, he was sent back to Parkhead in unceremonious fashion. Here’s hoping his four-goal haul in the last two matches can spark a reaction from him.
Other notable starters involved the likes of Scott Allan and Marvin Compper. The latter seemed to bring out some sarcastic responses from Hoops fans when they saw his name on the team-sheet yesterday.
All in all, however, it looked a good performance against the Bairns’ reserves. The footage is definitely worth a watch from Celtic TV.