Celtic youths face Wolfsburg today


Celtic’s double winning u-19 side face Wolfsburg this afternoon in the opening match of the Spax Cup, kick-off 1pm BST.

Coach Stevie Frail has been able to put together the bulk of the double winning squad after last week’s commitments in Switzerland and Hong Kong.

James Forrest and Richie Towell will be missing due to international commitments with Australian kid Jackson Taylor in the squad after impressing in last week’s Blue Stars/Fifa Cup in Zurich.

The tournament is being held in Enneptal near Dortmund with Celtic facing Anderlect and Borrusia Moenchengladbach in the eight team event with the play-off’s and final being held on Monday.

Looking forward to the event Frail said: “We’ve had a good season, this is the last time that this squad will be together and we’re looking to do well.

“We’ve gained a lot of experience over the season and we’re looking forward to finishing on a real high.

“German football is of a very high standard, their side’s have ability and flair as well as obviously being technically good.

“Last week in Zurich we beat Borussia Dortmund which hopefully is a good pointer for this event.

“All of the side’s in these events present challenges and it’s great to be tested against different styles of football.

“Last week’s tournament was top class, it was Fifa run and the whole standard from the players on show to the pitches and organisation was excellent and I’d expect this to be the same.

“It’s a great tournament and it’s the big club’s that get invited to them. We’ve got 25 minutes each half this week as opposed to the 20 minutes each way last week and that extra 5 minutes makes a big difference.

“Scoring the first goal is always vital and we’ve got players throughout the squad who are capable of doing that.”

Celtic schedule:

Saturday 1pm v Wolfsburg

Sunday 10.30am v Anderlecht

Sunday 2.00pm v Borrusia Moenchengladbach

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