Watch 'outrageous' Celtic Youth Cup Final winner; coach reveals Ange Postecoglou and Calmac's pre-match touch of class

By Patrick Sinat

May 4, 2023

Celtic’s win in the Youth Cup Final at Hampden last night was a hard-fought one and well-deserved by the youngsters. The incredible 6-5 win was fraught with great attacking football as Stuart McLaren’s Bhoy’s came from behind twice to snatch victory in extra time.

McLaren was beaming at the win. And as he paid tribute to the youngsters he revealed a pre-match touch of class from Ange Postecoglou and Celtic captain, Callum McGregor.

McLaren said [Football Scotland], “I’m just so proud of the boys. It was a great advert and both teams showed some real quality. I’m delighted for the boys.

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“Ange is quite happy to trust Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus with their job, and me with my mine. There was a nice good luck message from him to the group, and to myself this morning, which was terrific, as well as one from all the other first-team staff and Callum McGregor.

“That was a nice touch for the boys, and I think they really appreciated that. The good thing with the manager is there is a real continuity to how we’re working now, from the first team to the B team, to ourselves, and obviously that’s filtering down through the academy.

“Every day is an opportunity, if it’s a day at training, miles out from a game or at a cup final, it’s an opportunity to try and impress him. It was great that he was here tonight to see some of the quality we’ve got.”

But it was this stunning goal by winger Lewis Dobbie that settled the game and brought the cup back to Celtic Park for the first time since 2017.

Celtic could dominate almost every aspect of Scottish football this season

Celtic, as a club, are enjoying, so far, a very successful season. As well as the Youth Cup win, Ange’s men have brought home the League Cup and are set to seal the title this Sunday if they beat Hearts. A treble is also on the cards should we get past Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup Final.

Fran Alonso is also on the brink of success with the Women’s team. Still in contention for the league, Celtic face Rangers tonight were a win will keep them within two points of the leaders Glasgow City. Celtic are due to play City on the 11th May in a game that could have a major say in the title race.

Fran Alonso’s side are also due to face Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final in what could cap off a potential double for the Women.

If Ange and Fran can pull off all these victories, this season surely must go down as one of the most dominant in Celtic’s history as a whole.

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