After defeat against Berwick in just the second fixture of the season Celtic looked for revenge tonight in Airdrie.
Off the back of Saturdays fabulous 5-0 victory against Edinburgh University Steven McManus’ men would feel extremely confident going into tonight’s match.
Celtic took the lead early as a fine strike by Tsoaneo Letsosa left the keeper rooted to the spot within the first ten minutes of the match. The first twenty minutes of the match seen Celtic dominate, playing a lovely brand of quick passing football. Berwick were yet to come into the game despite a few attempts at a counterattack.
Berwick equalized against the run of play through a very well taken strike from Liam Buchanan in the 23rd minute. The Celts fought back only to be denied by a goaline clearance from Berwick’s Michael Travis.
Celtic would have liked to have held the lead till the break, but Berwick posed a threat with some good chances in the final ten minutes of the half. 1-1 at the break.
The young Celts started the second half poorly, conceding after just eight minutes to a cool finish from Lewis Barr. Celtic bounced back with some great play and the introduction of Ben McPherson adding inspiration with forward runs from fullback.
Just as the hoops were looking threatening, a goal went in at the other end. Graham Taylor put the visitors two up with a great header at the back post. It looked a hard task for Celtic to get back into the game.
In the closing minutes of the game the Bhoys desperately needed a goal that just wasn’t coming. Steven McManus will be disappointed to come away with a defeat from the match, a game where Celtic looked like a great side in the first half and let all three points slip to a workmanlike Berwick Rangers side on a cold Tuesday night at the Excelsior Stadium.