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Gallagher delighted with League title ahead of Scottish Cup final

 

After clinching the under-19s National Performance League title in final day drama, under-19s head coach Edward Gallagher is now excited to see what lies in store in this Saturday’s under-17s Scottish Youth Cup Final.

 

Celtic’s title triumph came on the final day after his side came from 1-0 down to beat Hearts 3-1 and pip challengers Aberdeen to the post, and he stressed that it was very well-deserved over the piece shortly after being crowned champions.

 

“I said to the girls, that the league campaign comes down to consistency. In cups anything can happen, but in the league it comes down to who is the most consistent and gets the points on the board and the girls have managed to do that so it's great.

 

“I was involved in stages last year, and comparing both this year has definitely been a much tougher league, and for it to go down to the last game probably gives it a bit more edge, makes it a bit more exciting but it's good to win it regardless of when you do,” he began.

 

Celtic’s title win came at the climax of a mammoth five game in nine days, where they clocked up four wins and dropped points only to challengers Aberdeen in a draw that still kept title hopes on track. Despite the hectic schedule, Gallagher said his side’s professionalism helped them through.

 

“We tried to be smart with that. I tried to use that as a psychological boost in terms of it was tough on the minds and legs, but the girls work hard and I used that as a way to tell them we take it one game at a time and it ended up being good for us that they were so close together. It gave us that next target to aim for and chip the games away. It was all about getting the points on the board.

 

“In the last week we were in five nights plus the game on the Sunday, so that in itself was a bonus. They seen the staff and each other so it meant they were never going to lose that game,” he explained.

 

Celtic’s consistency was a recurring theme throughout the season, but they didn’t actually occupy top spot until it came down to the wire, eventually winning the league by a solitary point. But Gallagher believes it was from the Rangers game ahead of that run of fixtures that really drove and inspired the girls on.

 

“From the last game before that run, we knew if we played how we did when we won that Rangers game, we knew we could win the league,” he said.

 

But there wasn’t much time to celebrate as the squad’s attentions quickly turned to Saturday’s under-17s Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen at the Oriam. And having just celebrated the league victory, a double would be the icing on the cake.

 

“We play Aberdeen who we haven't beaten yet, but at the same time we've just beaten them to the league which shows we're a top team. But it'll be a tough match but the league should give us confidence and hopefully spur us on to get the win,” he add

Under 19s Cup Final

AFTER clinching the under-19s National Performance League title in final day drama, under-19s head coach Edward Gallagher is now excited to see what lies in store in this Saturday’s under-17s Scottish Youth Cup Final.

Celtic’s title triumph came on the final day after his side came from 1-0 down to beat Hearts 3-1 and pip challengers Aberdeen to the post, and he stressed that it was very well-deserved over the piece shortly after being crowned champions.

“I said to the girls, that the league campaign comes down to consistency. In cups anything can happen, but in the league it comes down to who is the most consistent and gets the points on the board and the girls have managed to do that so it's great.

“I was involved in stages last year, and comparing both this year has definitely been a much tougher league, and for it to go down to the last game probably gives it a bit more edge, makes it a bit more exciting but it's good to win it regardless of when you do,” he began.

Celtic’s title win came at the climax of a mammoth five game in nine days, where they clocked up four wins and dropped points only to challengers Aberdeen in a draw that still kept title hopes on track. Despite the hectic schedule, Gallagher said his side’s professionalism helped them through.

“We tried to be smart with that. I tried to use that as a psychological boost in terms of it was tough on the minds and legs, but the girls work hard and I used that as a way to tell them we take it one game at a time and it ended up being good for us that they were so close together. It gave us that next target to aim for and chip the games away. It was all about getting the points on the board.

“In the last week we were in five nights plus the game on the Sunday, so that in itself was a bonus. They saw the staff and each other so it meant they were never going to lose that game,” he explained. 

Celtic’s consistency was a recurring theme throughout the season, but they didn’t actually occupy top spot until it came down to the wire, eventually winning the league by a solitary point. But Gallagher believes it was from the Rangers game ahead of that run of fixtures that really drove and inspired the girls on.

“From the last game before that run, we knew if we played how we did when we won that Rangers game, we knew we could win the league,” he said.

But there wasn’t much time to celebrate as the squad’s attentions quickly turned to Saturday’s under-17s Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen at the Oriam. And having just celebrated the league victory, a double would be the icing on the cake.

“We play Aberdeen who we haven't beaten yet, but at the same time we've just beaten them to the league which shows we're a top team. But it'll be a tough match but the league should give us confidence and hopefully spur us on to get the win,” he added.


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