Celtic under-20s coach Tommy McIntyre insists his team’s Irn-Bru Cup adventure has been a huge learning experience.
Eyebrows were raised when the SPFL announced the revamped competition would include colt sides from the top-flight, but McIntyre reckons Celtic’s progression to the third round, where they were beaten 5-1 by Livingston on Saturday, proves it has been worthwhile.
McIntyre, whose Celtic team beat Annan and Cowdenbeath in the competition, said: “You hope it will stand them good stead moving forward. That’s why we were in the competition, to get that competition and to see what it’s about in senior football.
“We’ve got good young players but it’s not always going to go your way or be pretty for you.
“That will be invaluable for Regan Hendry, Jack Aitchison and Mark Hill – all the young players coming through.
“They were really hurting in the changing room after Livingston but hopefully there is that education, the whole thing about dealing with the television and the press is part of their education.
“Things like this will be invaluable for them moving on to the next stage”