A very youthful Celtic B side were hit by a stoppage time sucker punch as they lost 1-0 to The Spartans toight at Airdrie.
Especially in the second half Celtic dominated possession but struggled to create chances against a well drilled defence who are in third place in the league table.
Evan Easton (16)and Mitchell Robertson (16) were paired together in central defence with Dane Murray and Bosun Lawal away on international duty. Owen Moffat came off the wing to play through the centre with support coming from a variety of midfielders.
The first half was very evenly matched with neither side carving out any real chances or testing the goalkeepers. In the 12th minute Brodie Paterson made good ground down the left but his cross into the penalty box was volleyed just over by Moffat from a tight angle.
Celtic came out flying for the second half and should have been in front by the hour mark. Letsoa showed good control to create an opening for Moffat but his low shot was parried by the keeper. Soon after Ben Wylie showed great footwork but found no talers for his cut-back with Moffat taking too heavy a touch in the 58th minute when sent through one-on-one.
In the 62nd minute Wylie was next to come close but the Spartans keeper dived well to his left to push away a 25 yard free kick. Spartans were offering little as an attacking threat but the breakthrough proved to be elusive for the young Celts.
In stoppage time Spartans won a free kick then a corner, as it flew across goal it struck the back post with Jamie Dishington pouncing to head past Ryan Mullen.
Next up for the hoops is a visit from Gretna 08 on Saturday.
CELTIC: Mullen; Jackson, Easton, Robertson, Anderson;Murphy, Letsoa, Paterson, Davidson, Moffat, Wylie
SUBS: Summers, Morrison, Deane, Quinn