Celtic’s under 19’s travell to Manchester tonigh for their third game in the Next Gen series. So far the young bhoys have lost their first two games narrowly being defeated 1-0 in Marseille and then 3 -1 to a classy Barca U19’s side at Celtic Park.
I attended the Barca game and although the score makes it look like a comprehensive defeat the game told another strory. At no time over the 90 minutes did the young Celts look out classed in, fact they played well and if it wasn’t for a mistake of judgement from Celtic keeper Nick Feely and a bit of a wonder goal from Barca’s Jean Marie Dongou for Barca’s third the final result would have been far closer.
The truth is that our under 19’s matched the Barca boys for most of the game and never looked out of place playing against one of the tournaments favourites. It was refreshing to see a young Celtic team playing 4-4-2 and most importantly keeping the ball on the deck.
Unfortunately I can’t make it to Manchester tonight but I will be attending our next two home games at Celtic park. I would certainly urge any fan who was thinking about taking in these games to do so. It’s also a great way to introduce young Celtic fans to Celtic Park.
All the best to the Young Hoops
Check out some pictures from the Barca game – http://www.thecelticnetwork.com/next-gen-celtic-v-barcelona-31082011/
UPDATE: Man City 2 – Celtic 4. Well done to the young hoops