Stefan Galinski scored his first goal for Celtic, giving them their first away win of the campaign, and deservedly so.
For a long time it looked like Celtic's inability to score would cost them dear as Gloucester repelled everything Celtic threw at them in the first half, more through luck than judgement. Aidan Chippendale and Kevin Holsgrove both went close early on as Celtic set their stall out. Paul Ennis saw his effort cleared off the line by last ditch defending, while Matt Regan's thumping header off a corner was superbly tipped away by Jasbir Singh. Ben McKenna and Aidan Chippendale forced Singh into another pair of decent stops before the athletic City keeper showed his credentials with another acrobatic tip over from Todd Jordan's header off another Celtic corner. It was a back to the wall job for Gloucester as Celtic pummelled their back line, with Ennis, Chippendale and Jordan all seeing goalbound efforts blocked with Singh beaten. Gloucester's few chances in the half fell to Harry White, but he lacked the power both times to severely test Lewis King.
Celtic continued their onslaught in the second half, and got the breakthrough early on, Gloucester not clearing a corner that came back to Paul Ennis, his fierce drive was fumbled by Singh right into the path of Stefan Galinski who prodded home. After the heroics of the first half, the goal when it came was a relief as much as it was lucky.
Kevin Holsgrove went agonizingly close twice to increasing the lead, but both times saw his shots just wide of the mark, but the chances after the goal were fewer and further between, with Gloucester seemingly having only the long ball forward in their armoury that was easily mopped up by the back line, Celtic settled for a one goal win and took it to the finish line in what could prove a decisive win.
|2||Avery, Sam||> 88|
|10||Griffin, Charlie||> 65|
|14||Modest, Nathan||< 65|
|15||Nkunga, Jordy||< 88|