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Kick off 17:30 (UK)

17 July 2021 Venue Celtic Park Attendance

Kick off 17:30 (UK)

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16 July 2021

A visit to Celtic Park on Saturday evening (5.30pm kick-off) will bring Preston North End’s Scotland training camp to an end.

Since arriving in St Andrews last Sunday, the squad have trained daily, as well as facing St Johnstone in a 1-1 draw. 

Celtic will be another step up in their preparations, with the Bhoys having won the league title in Scotland for nine of the last ten seasons. 

Frankie McAvoy will be hoping to continue to get his players up to speed ahead of the new Championship season, with the head coach so far opting to change XIs at half-time against Bamber Bridge, and on Tuesday evening he made wholesale changes after 60 minutes. 

Speaking to the press pre-match, McAvoy confirmed that some of the lads may miss this one out through slight niggles, including Sean Maguire and Matt Olosunde. 

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Summer signing Izzy Brown has been training in recent days, though, and he could make his first appearance in a PNE shirt at Parkhead. 

Also hoping to play a part will be Scott Sinclair, who spent three and a half years with Celtic, and that period of time couldn’t have gone much better, having won the domestic treble three years on the bounce. 

He’ll be reunited with the Celtic supporters for the first time since his move to Deepdale, albeit only 2,000 of them given Covid-19 restrictions. 

Away fans are unfortunately not part of that number, but PNE supporters are able to watch the game on Saturday evening as part of a £4.49 monthly pass for iFollow PNE, which will provide access to this friendly as well as the ties against Manchester United, Manchester City and Wigan Athletic. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Celtic 0-1 PNE

17 July 2021

Ben Whiteman’s second goal of the week sealed a 1-0 victory for Preston North End against Celtic.

The midfielder, who scored a brilliant goal on Tuesday night against St Johnstone, slotted home from the penalty spot in the second half after Sean Maguire was fouled.

Whiteman was involved in the starting XI, alongside Scott Sinclair on his return to Celtic Park, a venue he has very good memories of from his three and a half years with the Bhoys.

The game got off to a very fast start, with plenty of opportunities arising within the opening ten minutes.

It was PNE who had the first chance four minutes in, and they would have taken the lead were it not for goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, who did superbly well to keep Brad Potts out from 12 yards.

Albian Ajeti then came close for Celtic at the other end, hitting an effort just wide, before North End had a great shout for a penalty. Sinclair charged in on goal and received a definite trip from a defender, but he stayed on his feet and saw his effort saved, as well as seeing the referee wave away his appeals.

North End’s next couple of efforts were sent over the crossbar, with Ben Whiteman’s left-footed volley coming close, but Ched Evans had an even better chance soon after, with Ledson’s beautifully curled outside-of-the-foot cross finding the forward six yards out, but Evans couldn’t direct his header on target.

It was the same result for the striker just before the half hour mark, too, as he couldn’t quite keep his header down on the end of captain Greg Cunningham’s ball from the left.

Declan Rudd was first called into action 32 minutes in, and he did brilliantly well to keep out David Turnbull’s 20-yard effort after initially looking like he’d been wrong-footed.

Jordan Storey came very close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time, winning a header which was deflected over the crossbar, and Anthony Ralston had a big chance for the hosts in the closing stages, but blazed his effort over the crossbar.

The Lilywhites had a couple of chances within the first 15 minutes of the second half, firstly through Liam Lindsay, who headed wide, and then Evans who hit his effort into the ground and saw it bounce up onto the roof of the net.

Shortly after coming on as part of seven changes made by Frankie McAvoy, Maguire won a penalty for his side after being brought down inside the area, and Whiteman stepped up to calmly slot home to his left.

Izzy Brown, who came on for his first appearance in a white shirt, almost claimed an assist within ten minutes, but substitute goalkeeper Scott Bain kept out Patrick Bauer’s header.

North End had a scare 71 minutes in as Ewan Henderson fizzed a cross into the area, which somehow avoided everybody inside a busy 18-yard box.

Celtic had a better opportunity on 75 minutes, as a trialist tested Rudd in the away goal, but he was up to the task to keep his clean sheet, and it was then Sepp van den Berg required to clear the danger ten minutes later as he turned a dangerous Lee O’Connor cross behind for a corner.

Rudd was called into action again before the game was up, doing brilliantly well to claw away an effort from Celtic’s Henderson which was heading right into the top corner.

Starting XI: Rudd, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Barkhuizen, Ledson, Whiteman, Potts, Cunningham, Sinclair, Evans.

Full-Time XI: Rudd, Earl, Bauer, van den Berg, Seary, Baylisss, Harrop, Brown, Rafferty, Maguire, Riis.

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