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26 November 2019 Venue Celtic Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

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Match Preview: Celtic Reserves v Brentford B

A look ahead to the trip to Scotland for Neil MacFarlane's side

25 November 2019

Brentford B return to action following the international break when they make the trip to Scotland to take on Celtic’s reserves.

The young Bees will take part in a behind closed doors friendly in the first match since their trip to Spain which saw them beat Albacete Under-19s and then narrowly fall to defeat against an experienced FC Cartagena side.

Looking ahead to the match, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane believes it will be another tough encounter and likened it to the matches that the young Bees recently played in Scotland against Aberdeen and Hibernian’s reserve sides.

Neil said: “It will be a really tough game which is why we go to these places to play these types of matches. If you relate it to when we were in Scotland last, to Aberdeen, it was a top game which we won.

“We then had one of the best games of the season at Easter Road against Hibs when they played numerous first team players. We were really tested that day, obviously going 3-0 behind at one point but showing the character, which is evident in this squad, to get back to 3-2 and probably deserved a draw in the end. Those two games over the four days are exactly what we’ll experience when we go to play Celtic and then Rangers over the next month.”

Recent results for Celtic’s reserve side have seen them take part in the SPFL Reserve Cup where they took on Dunfermline Athletic late in October. Having already beaten Dundee and Greenock Morton earlier on, they then picked up a hard-fought win against Dunfermline with Cameron Harper netting the only goal of the game.

The match in Glasgow is a behind closed doors fixture, but the club will be publishing live updates across social media and match highlights are scheduled to be available following the game.

The trip to Scotland represents the beginning of a busy run for the young Bees as they take on Harrow Borough in London Senior Cup action and Grasshopper Zurich Under-23s next week.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: Celtic Reserves 1 Brentford B 2

Young Bees claim a friendly win in Scotland

28 November 2019

Brentford B picked up a hard fought 2-1 win over Celtic reserves in a behind closed doors friendly.

A goal from Arthur Read and a Jaden Brissett penalty proved the difference in very wet conditions north of the border.

It was the home side who saw more of the possession in the early stages with The Bees being forced to defend in the opening encounters with Simon Andersson forced into a relatively routine stop on 11 minutes from Armstrong Oko-Flex.

Despite that, it was Neil MacFarlane’s side who would go ahead first when David Titov did excellently to break down the right-hand side before pulling the ball back for Arthur Read to sweep a low effort home through a crowd of bodies on 15 minutes.

The game continued with Celtic looking to penetrate through the Brentford back line, which was being marshalled well by Luka Racic and Japhet Sery Larsen.

Andersson was once again called into action later in the half to deny Cameron Harper’s low effort at goal, but it would be Gustav Mogensen who would see the last action of the first period when he helped win the ball back high before shooting low and forcing the Celtic keeper into a smart save.

The second half was just a few minutes old when the home side drew level when Oko-Flex cut in from the left-hand side before firing well into the far corner to make it 1-1.

But The Bees didn’t let that goal affect them as they almost instantaneously gave themselves the opportunity to go back in front as the ball was crossed in from the left before a Celtic handball in the area, which left Brissett to slot home into the bottom left-hand corner.

On the hour mark the game further swung in Brentford’s favour when an off-the-ball incident featuring Mogensen saw Celtic's Jack Hendry dismissed with a straight red card.

Despite Brentford’s numerical advantage it was actually Celtic who were seeing more of the ball in the 10 minutes following the sending off, and they almost levelled when the dangerous Harper saw his left-footed effort come back off the post.

Credit to Neil MacFarlane’s side, though, who managed to wrestle back control and keep possession well, with the only negative in the later stages coming when Fredrik Hammar picked up a second yellow card for kicking the ball away meaning both sides finished with 10-men.

Despite that, the win means the young Bees will go into their two matches next week with confidence following what has been a positive run.

Celtic Reserves: Hughes, O’Connor, Paterson, Hendry, Hjelde, Connell, Dembele, Coffey, Afolabi, Harper, Oko-Flex
Subs: Mullen, Mackay, Burt, Mazis, McBride, Savoury, Murray
Senf off: Hendry

Brentford B: Andersson, Larsen, Yearwood, Racic, Read (Mitchell, 80), Adams (Brissett, 45), Carré (Majka, 66), Tue Jensen (Hammar, 45), Mogensen, Koutsimouka (Tsaroulla, 45), Titov (O'Connor, 80)
Subs not used:
Sent off: Hammar

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