Celtic made their return to SPFL development league football with a 3-2 win against an impressive Falkirk side, closing the gap with Hamilton to three points. The Celtic starting line up included the likes of Gary Mackay-Steven, Carlton Cole, Scott Allan and Tyler Blackett, so it was a surprise to everyone when Falkirk took the lead against the run of play.
Celtic had an early warning after Scott Shepherd found himself one on one with Logan Bailly, when he cut in from wide and sent his shot straight at the keeper. Celtic countered by racing up field and winning themselves a corner, Calvin Millar sent to the near post and Carlton Cole headed clear over the cross bar.
With eleven minutes gone, the Bairns broke and the ball was played wide ahead of Alex Cooper, the Falkirk striker stormed forward and blasted into the Celtic net from twenty two yards, 0-1. Within the minute, Shepherd received on the edge of the penalty area, his shot being well saved by Bailly.
Celtic perked up and began passing the ball about in the torrential conditions, Allan sent wide for the Jack Breslin who immediately shot on goal, but Alex Tokarczyk saved spectacularly. From the corner, Cole headed on goal from the near post but Tokarczyk covered his goal and saved comfortably.
Cooper made another dangerous run, playing a one two with Ryan Sinnamon before shooting from twenty two yards, Bailly was lucky that his trailing leg saved. Thomas Grant then sent the ball long, Shepherd won his battle with Fiacre Kelleher and cut back for Cooper to cross in, but the Celtic defence cleared to safety.
Just after the half hour, the visitors doubled their lead when Thomas Grant made a run from midfield, leaving a couple of Celtic players in his wake. He played wide to Shepherd, who then sent into the corner of the net, 0-2. The deficit was then halved when Calvin Miller’s shot struck the post and the rebound was headed in by Scott Allan, 1-2.