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Celtic youths early start for Zurich test

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It was an early start this morning for Celtic’s u-19 side ahead of their 10am  kick-off against FC Zurich at the Blue Stars/FIFA Cup.

Two wins against Zurich and Club America of Mexico are needed if Stevie Frail’s side are to reach today’s final after beating Borussia Dortmund and losing to hosts Blue Stars yesterday.

Frail said:  “We’re looking forward to these games after coming back against Dortmund.

“Losing to Blue Stars was a big disappointment and the players know it- they responded well against Dortmund.

“It’s hard to put together a few new players and trialists and that showed a bit in the first match.

“We warned the players that Blue Stars would be very motivated. You always get that from local side’s, they want to make a big impression, after beating us they lost their next two matches.

“Coming from behind against a German side is never easy and that was pleasing.

“We lost an early goal but kept playing and got our rewards. Our group is very open and we know what’s needed to progress.

“The weather is very wet and windy so it’s just like being at home, hopefully we can build on the Dortmund win and progress through.”

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