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Celtic continue their good pre-season form
By Iain Benson
Pre-season is all about the performance, and return to match sharpness whilst trying new players and positions. Celtic continued in this vein, and got a deserved win to boot.

The opening half was mainly Celtic, with Briggs and Barlow both having decent efforts, with Barlow clean through on one occasion only to be tripped at the edge of the box; but it was from a corner that Keith Briggs opened the scoring, the initial shot from Hankin blocked on route fell to Briggs at the edge of the area, and he smashed his shot home. There was a good stop required by Phillips just before the interval with a diagonal ball fired in, but Phillips reacted well. As he did at the second half started, catching a close ranger header. It was Celtic who grabbed the second, after wholesale changes, Wilkinson got past his man to put in a pearl of a ball for Barlow to control and slot home after cleverly beating his man.

Sheffield are a decent, strong side, and as Celtic made more changes. Bowler was moved to right back, and slipped at the edge of his box, Smith made no mistake for the home side, curling the ball past Phillips.

There were a number of unfamiliar faces on show, but the first half team looked calm and composed across the pitch. Jamie Tandy was unlucky not to get on the score sheet early on in the game, and Connor Jennings is coming along in leaps and bounds from his second half display.

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