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Reds humiliate poor Celtic side

Ronan Scannell and Zhi Zheng
Ronan Scannell challenges Celtic's Zhi Zheng at Solitude

Two Chris Scannell goals helped Cliftonville humiliate Celtic's second string 3-0 in Tuesday's friendly.

Celtic's starting line-up included Barry Robson, Japanese winger Koki Mizuno and recent signing Zheng Zhi.

However, the Celts produced an error-ridden display as two Chris Scannell goals put the Reds 2-0 up at the break.

Scannell almost completed his hat-trick at Solitude as he headed against the woodwork in the second half but Ciaran Caldwell hammered home the rebound.

Celtic controlled the early proceedings with Mizuno producing a couple of decent early runs.

Mizuno picked out Zheng Zhi in the penalty area but the Chinese player tried to find Paul McGowan instead of going for goal himself.

Against the run of play, Cliftonville took the lead in the 21st minute with Scannell glancing a header to the net after a superb cross from his brother Ronan.

Reds keeper John Connolly kept his side ahead two minutes later with a great save to deny McGowan's looping close-range effort.

Cliftonville were in firm control in the 31st minute thanks to another double act from the Scannell brothers with Ronan once again crossing for Chris to head to the net.

In charge for the night, Neil Lennon would have been expected to deliver a strong half-time team talk but Celtic's display was even worse after the break.

Francis Murphy should have made it 3-0 in the 48th minute after being allowed to waltz through the Celtic defence but he shot straight at the keeper.

But the third goal did come on the hour as the impressive Caldwell fired home from close range after Chris Scannell's header had thumped off the woodwork.

As Cliftonville tired in the closing changes, Celtic had late chances but McGowan and Mizuno were both off target.

Tuesday's game was the centrepiece on Cliftonville's 130th anniversary celebrations which includes the opening of a new stand and other facilities at Solitude.



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