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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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