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Plastic switch pays off

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Steve Frail Celtic newsCeltic’s u-20 side took to the plastic of Alloa’s Recreation Park in style by beating St Johnstone 3-1 to strengthen their bid to retain the youth title.

Early goals from Jamie Lindsay and Jackson Irvine put the visitors in front with John Herron netting in the second half after St Johnstone had scored before half time.

With Dundee United losing 1-0 last night at Falkirk Celtic have a ten point lead over Aberdeen and 13 point advantage over United who also have a game in hand.

“We didn’t have to play on astroturf but we wanted to get the game played and we’re pleased to take the points,” Frail said. “It could have been played at the end of the season and we don’t want to have a backlog

“For large chunks of the match we played a lot better than against Kilmarnock in the semi-final, after 25 minutes we were 2-0 up then lost a sloppy goal to let St Johnstone into the game.

“We controlled most of the game then got our third goal from John Herron which was pleasing.

“There were some good performances all-round, we were disappointed by the display against Kilmarnock even though we reached a final.

“A semi final is the hardest stage in any cup competition but we set standards and were disappointed by the Kilmarnock game. We got that out the system against St Johnstone and we’ve got to continue that against Kilmarnock in the league next week.”

Celtic’s u-17 side are in Glasgow Cup action today playing Queens Park at Lesser Hampden, kick off 4.30pm.

 St Johnstone 1-3 Celtic Lindsay, Irvine, Herron

CELTIC: Noring; Miller (Fisher), McNally, O´Connell, Waters; Lindsay, Irvine, Kidd (McMullan); P. Twardzik (Henderson), Herron, Atajic
Subs: Fasan, McManus

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