Celtic 15s are in Scottish Cup final action tomorrow (Saturday) against Aberdeen FCL at Toryglen Regional Football Centre.
The youngsters have had a tough fixture schedule in the cup, including beating Rangers in the semi-final on the road to the final which is being played only a free-kick away from the Celtic End at Hampden Park with the Toryglen kick-off time being 12.30pm.
Head coach Keiron McAneny said: “The players are extremely excited ahead of the cup final. They all know it's a huge occasion and, having previously played in the League Cup final this season, this has given them the hunger to experience this again but on a higher level.
“In terms of preparation ahead of the final, we decided to treat it as a normal week and work on different themes. We have covered attacking and defending as a team while also working on possession as it's one of our key strengths and we have been fine tuning what we are already good at ahead of Saturday.”
He added: “As for our league campaign, it's been a hugely successful year for Celtic 15s. The team has won every game save two since March. With only one game to go, they currently sit top of the league, so they will be hoping to secure this title also.
“En route to the final, Celtic 15s have had a challenging game in every round, having had to defeat Hibernian, Jeanfield Swifts, Hearts and Rangers.
“I'd say the most difficult test was that against Hibernian in round two. Hibs are a good footballing side and it's always demanding to play such a huge club early on as it has the potential for a slip-up. Thankfully, the team overcame the hurdle in style.
“Rangers were also difficult opponents at the semi-final stage. When it comes to the latter stages of a tournament, however, the players have enough ability to see them through.
“Our message to players and staff is firstly to go and enjoy the final. It's a great occasion for everyone.
“I'll also be telling them that if they can manage to do what they do on a regular basis, then they should provide exciting attacking football on the day, and that is always hard to stop.
“For any supporters who come to watch on the day I’d say, be patient and enjoy occasion.”
Girls’ Scottish Cup Final
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Celtic 15s v Aberdeen FCL 15s
Toryglen Regional Football Centre
Kick-Off 12.30 pm
Admission: Adults £5, children £2
Reported by Celtic FC
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