Celtic’s Development side were far too strong for Albion Rovers as Tommy McIntyre’s side notched up an impressive 7-0 win at Cliftonhill to lift the Jock Stein Friendship Trophy.
All of the attacking players impressed with the skills and trickery of Aidan Nesbitt on the right bringing an extra dimension and level of entertainment to the game.
The 20-year-old looks like going out on loan again in the next couple of weeks, hopefully he can find the platform to kick on and earn a first team place at Celtic Park.
Two goals in the first fifteen minutes put the hoops in control with the 5-0 half time scoreline reflecting the balance of play.
PJ Crossan was first on the scoresheet, cutting in from the left then seeing his low shot deflected past the stranded keeper.
Within a minute the lead was doubled when Crossan squared to Regan Hendry who made no mistake from 15 yards out.
After a short lull in the scoring Mark Hill took advantage of slack defending before drilling a low shot into the net from 15 yards out.
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The best goal of the first half arrived five minutes from the break when Nesbitt showed great trickery on the right with his cross into the box being met by Hill who half volleyed home.
On the stroke of half time more comic cut defending presented Hendry with a simple chance that he knocked home from inside the six yard box.
It took until the 70th minute for Celtic to add their sixth goal with Nesbitt getting his reward with another effort converted from close range with Crossan scoring his second soon after.
On August 16 Celtic travel to Annan Athletic in the first round of the Irn-Bru Cup.
CELTIC: Doohan, Duffy, McCart (Welsh 62), Deas, McInroy; Nesbitt, Thomson, Hill (Watson 62), Hendry; Crossan (Diver 72), Aitchison (Henderson 62)