Celtic B coach, Stephen McManus, isn’t happy with the performance of the B side after a frustrating defeat against Berwick Rangers.

On Tuesday night, Celtic B played Berwick Rangers in the Lowland League and were beat 1-0 in the end. McManus didn’t take the defeat lightly. The former Celtic captain aware they’d dropped points to a team Hearts B soundly beat 5-0 on Matchday one.

The hoops lost an early goal and never found a way back into the game.

McManus was highly critical of the performance:

“If you don’t start the game well, at any level you will get punished and that was the case.” Mick told CelticTV. “We got caught on the hop, we you lost a goal early doors and we never really dominated the game by creating the chances that we usually do.

“We had loads of the ball but I never felt that we really hurt them as much as we should have. 

“There are loads of games this year, the boys are going to play loads and loads of minutes which is important. All of the boys feel that at the moment they are on the cusp of first team football but they have a long way to go.

The good thing is that the games come thick and fast, they’ll prepare well, we’ll recover well and we’ll look forward to the game at the weekend.”

The Bhoys began their campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over Cowdenbeath. They are set to play Spartans FC on Saturday and they’ll be looking to make up for the loss.

The youngsters will be looking to impress in these games to catch the eye of Ange. If players perform they can get first team face time in training with The Celtic manager.

Ange Postecoglous’s Celtic side is set to play their first game of the season against Aberdeen as the bhoys unfurl the flag. It’s up to the bhoys playing in the Lowland League to show they can be difference makers.


  1. The B team following in the footsteps of the senior team by shipping early goals!

    They look good in attack, but not so good in defence, and its always going to be a struggle against any opponent who defend deep with ten men behind the ball, more so when they’re a goal up with something to defend!

    I think a change in tactical approach would suit them, and the senior team(particularly in Europe), by switching to a counter attacking game, at least until they’re a goal or two up, when opponents need to open up a bit to chase the game…makes sense, right, but even then the counter attacking approach would be beneficial; play these teams at their own game!

    We can’t throw 6+ men up the park and expect to be comfortable at the back, its always going to be a dangerous game, and the better teams will pick you apart if you’re consistently open at the back, short in numbers and chasing play back towards your own goal!


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