On a freezing cold night at Celtic Park, the NextGen series rolled back into town to help showcase the talents of Europe's best under 19s sides;Tonight it was the turn of Manchester City to visit Scotland's league winners from last season.
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Celtic were the better of the two sides throughout and two first half goals put the Scottish side in the ascendancy, one from which they would ultimately not lose from.
The first came from an exceptional piece of skill on 33 minutes from Dylan McGeoch who seemed to duck and dive his way past four defenders and from the edge of the box sent a daisycutter of a shot into the bottom right corner that was simply unstoppable by Tom Halshall in goals for City.
Celtic compounded the English sides woes by scoring another right of brink of half time.
From a corner on the left, captain Marcus Fraser found himself in space on the edge of the six yard box and even had time to control the ball before squeezing it in at the near post much to the delight of 2500 fans that had braved the cold to support their side.
The second half saw Manchester City push themselves more into the match but were lacking the killer touch up front despite the best efforts of midfielders Joan Roman & Albert Rusnack in providing space and opportunities for them.
It was Rusnak on the 75th minute that managed the breakthough for the visitors when after a short spell of pressure found himself some space on the edge of the box and placed home a well struck shot into the top right hand corner of the goal to give his side a lifeline going into the last 15 minutes.
The equalizer never materialised for City and the Celts welcomed the three points in a tight group that now sees them next visit Barcelona on 24th November before welcoming Marseille on December 7th.
Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report as well as Not Just Scottish Football and youth development reporter for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.