Fifteen-year-old Ewan Henderson was on the scoresheet as Celtic’s u-17 side beat Fife Elite Academy 4-0 at the Loch Lomond u-17 Festival.
After a 2-2 draw in their opening match against Sheffield United this morning’s win puts Celtic in a powerful place to reach tomorrow’s final.
There were five changes to the side that started on Friday night with Dan McAllister and Ciaran Diver justifying their inclusion with three goals in a three minute spell during the first half.
The Fife goal had already survived a few scares before Celtic made the breakthrough in the 19th minute.
A good move down the left ended with Henderson heading against the bar at the front post with McAllister well placed to drill the rebound into the net.
Fife barely had time to organise themselves when they went 2-0 down with a well placed header from Divers going back across goal from a Broque Watson cross from the left with the roof falling in on the Fifers when McAllister scrambled the third goal home a minute later.
As the game progressed so too did the influence of Henderson with the similarities to his brother, Liam, striking. Finding time on the ball and with an eye for a defence splitting pass it wasn’t difficult to recognise the family traits.
Celtic used nine subtitutes at half time and during the second period with most of the traffic heading towards the Fife goal.
With eight minutes left to play Henderson scored Celtic’s fourth as he opened up the Fife defence with a 1-2 before beating the keeper with a composed finish.
Celtic meet Partick Thistle tomorrow at 1.15 knowing that a win will put them in the final and a likely re-match with Sheffield United who beat Partick Thistle 2-0.
CELTIC: Alex Crean; Stephen Welsh, Wallace Duffy, Robbie Deas, Dan Church; Lewis Bell, Ross McLaughlin; Dan McAllister, Michael Johnston, Broque Watson; Ciaran Diver