A relatively flattering score line for Celtic who struggled to break down the Russian iron curtain defense in the first half. However, when the 3 points seemed secure the goals came quick and fast leaving the Russians vying for the final whistle.
After a disjointed first 20 minutes’ captain Dom Lytwyn kicked Celtic into gear with a towering header from a corner to break the deadlock. Instead of sitting back on the 1-0 margin Celtic pushed more men forward and just before the halftime whistle Richie Lenehan dribbled into the area and finished from close range.
Lightning struck twice as another Dom Lytwyn header made it 3-0 at the beginning of the second half before Russia pulled one back making it 3-1. However, any sign of a Bolshevik revolution was squashed as Simon Holland and Daniel Martin snuck in behind the defense on separate occasions and got themselves on the scoresheet to make it 5-2.
Unfortunately for the Russians, Celtic weren’t finished yet and still had one more player to introduce. Within just 10 minutes not only had Colum Curtis scored a hat trick but he had also defied Karl Marx by proving that he was in fact a class above everybody else on the field. With the cup match against Russia just two weeks away Celtic wisely took the former Barbarians spy off the pitch and told him to be on the lookout for any potential cyanide or nerve agents in his dumplings over the coming weeks.
A convincing win for Celtic which will be sure to boost their confidence. Needless to say one man in need of that confidence boost is Paul Fogarty who received one of the worse haircuts in Beijing Celtic history just in time for the Irish ball. See below for reference.