A first half strike from Bahrudin Atajic gave Celtic a 1-0 win over Falkirk.
Tony Watt, James Keatings and goalkeeper Victor Noring all started the match as Celtic made it six wins and a draw from their last seven league matches.
After a lively first half the game died a death after the break with neither side capable of creating any worthwhile chances.
There was a late change to the Celtic side when Mikey Miller picked up an injury with Lewis Kidd coming off the bench to play at tight back alongside Eoghan O’Connell, Stuart Findlay and Joe Chalmers.
Keatings made his first under-age appearance in almost two years on the right of midfield with JKohn Herron moving into the middle alongside Jamie Lindsay with Patrik Twardzik wide on the left. Atajic played in an advanced midfield role off Tony Watt.
Norling was the first keeper called into action- clawing away a close range header in the ninth minute as the home side forced a series of early corners.
Keatings had Celtic’s first attempt on goal but screwed his long range shot wide of goal from Watt’s cut back in the 16th minute.
Without any warning Celtic took the lead in the 27th minute when Atajic fastened onto a slack pass by Liam Craig to poke the ball past goalkeeper Graham Bowman who was stranded midway inside his own penalty area.
The second half produced little to entertain or excite the fans until the last ten minutes when with Noring saved well from a Dale Fulton shot before Findlay was sent off for a second yellow card in the 85th minute
FALKIRK: Bowman, Rowan, Dick, Vaulks, McGeever, Dale Fulton, Sibbald, Faulds, Small, Flannigan, Leahy
SUBS: Greene, Turnbull, Comrie, Brisbane, Amos
CELTIC: Noring: Kidd, O’Connell, Findlay, Chalmers: Keatings (George 73), Lindsay, Herron, P Twardzik: Atajic, Watt:
SUBS: Fasan, Eaddie, Johnstone
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