Celtic slump to UEFA Youth League defeat against Feyenoord as Dutch teach Hoops kids a lesson in Euro curtain raiser
Celtic's Under-19s slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Feyenoord at Sportcomplex Varkenoord in Rotterdam.
Goals from Givairo Read, Jayden Story and Antoni Milambo ensured Stephen McManus' side ended matchday one with a lot to ponder. The hosts began the game looking the most likely to break the deadlock as they bossed the bulk of possession. Hoops shot-stopper Kai McLean was then forced into a point-blank save before Celtic's young guns started to grow into proceedings the more the first half went on. However, it was Feyenoord who broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time through Read. And the Dutch side quickly doubled their lead after the break with the impressive Slory firing beyond McLean.
It was three without reply shortly before the hour mark as Antoni Milambo produced a smart finish into the bottom corner. The retrospective teams made a host of changes throughout the second half, although no more goals would be scored.
Celtic were ultimately left to chase shadows at times and despite having game-changers like Rocco Vata on the park, they failed to register many clear-cut opportunities - with the Feyenoord defence standing resolute towards their victory.
The two senior clubs will go head to head in their Champions League group E opener this evening and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be praying his first team side can leave The Netherlands with a more favourable outcome.