Banner image

📝 Match report: Bristol City 0-0 Celtic

The Robins High Performance Centre hosted its first-ever match as City opened their pre-season fixture schedule with a goalless draw against Celtic.

It was a game of few chances, but in truth this was a night for the players to test their stamina and put into practice the hard work that has been shown on the training pitches in the last few weeks.

Celtic bossed the ball for large parts of the game as the evening sun settled over the HPC, making this a perfect night for football. But City produced a strong defensive performance and increased the tempo with fresh legs in the second half.

Max O’Leary had little to do but for a couple of near-post saves in either halves, while Andreas Weimann hit the post, before Callum O’Dowda headed agonisingly wide late on.

In the end City would do enough to hold the Scottish giants, runners up in the Premiership last season, to a draw in this pre-season encounter which coincidentally would be the first-ever meet between the two sides.

THE BACKGROUND

Weimann was back in a City shirt for the first time since last October, while Chris Martin was to make his first appearance since January due to respective injury-hit campaigns in 2020/21.

There were also first outings for new signings Matty James, Andy King and Rob Atkinson, who all played 60 minutes as planned.

WHAT HAPPENED

There was plenty of possession for the visitors, but the Celts lacked that biting edge before City carved out the game’s best opportunity through Weimann.

It came from a James corner which was flicked into the path of City’s number 14. It was somewhat of a swipe and hope but the ball crept through a crowd of bodies, missing everyone, but pinged back off the post.

Albian Ajeti then got himself in behind City’s defence and forced O’Leary into a save with his feet at the near post.

There was nothing to separate the teams at the break but much like the opening 45 minutes, Celtic were largely in control of the ball once the second half got underway.

Ajeti would slip the ball into David Turnbull but a strong hand from O’Leary denied the shot at the near post once again, before the hour-mark rang the bell for changes.

City introduced ten changes to the team as planned, with only O’Leary keeping his place on the field and it seemed to inject some fresh energy into the game.

Tyreeq Bakinson threw himself into the challenges early on and it was the midfielder who flashed a shot on goal but was frustrated to see his effort blocked.

There would be little to separate the sides as the game progressed but there was still time for O’Dowda to go agonisingly close to opening the scores, only the Irishman guided his header a whisker wide of the post.

UP NEXT

The final whistle soon followed to confirm a clean sheet on the night for the Robins. Nigel Pearson’s side return to the HPC on Tuesday afternoon when they host Portsmouth (July 20th, 2pm KO).

The match will be streamed live on Robins TV.

City Starting XI (0-60 mins): O’Leary, Simpson, Baker, Atkinson, Dasilva, King, James, Pearson, Palmer, Weimann, Martin.

City XI (60-90 mins): O’Leary (Wiles-Richards, 76), Vyner, Moore, Pring, Nurse, Massengo, Bakinson, Janneh (Edwards, 76), O’Dowda, Bell, Conway.

Sub not used: James Morton

Robins TV - Secure your Portsmouth pass

🎤 Post-match reaction

Hear from Assistant Coach Keith Downing and the returning Andi Weimann...

Keith Downing

Andi Weimann

📸 MATCH ACTION

Steve Lansdown and Marina Dolman officially open the HPC
Chris Martin leads the City team out
Boyhood fan Andy King on the ball
Andi Weimann strikes the post
Up for the challenge: Martin tussles for the ball
Nathan Baker launches an attack
On come the changes
Kasey Palmer is tracked by Liam Shaw
Callum O'Dowda on the charge
Owura Edwards got a run-out

Related News

Watch: A day in the life of Taylor Moore

Watch: A day in the life of Taylor Moore

Posted: Saturday, July 10th 2021

Star guest line-up for Celtic on Robins TV

Star guest line-up for Celtic on Robins TV

Posted: Wednesday, July 14th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Celtic (H)

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Celtic (H)

Posted: Wednesday, July 14th 2021

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Robins Uncut: Preparing for Celtic

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Robins Uncut: Preparing for Celtic

Posted: Wednesday, July 14th 2021

Latest News

🎟 Rams and Terriers games on general sale

🎟 Rams and Terriers games on general sale

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021

Watch City Under-23s at Ashton Gate

Watch City Under-23s at Ashton Gate

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021

Loan Watch: Ryley riding high with Mariners

Loan Watch: Ryley riding high with Mariners

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021

Cheer on City Women when Championship action resumes

Cheer on City Women when Championship action resumes

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Become a Bristol Bears dual player sponsor for 2021/22 season
Rugby icon

Become a Bristol Bears dual player sponsor for 2021/22 season

Become a Bristol Bears dual player sponsor for the 2021/22 campaign as Pat Lam's men compete in the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup and Dave Ward's squad compete in the Allianz Premier 15s.

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021 • Rugby

Bristol Sport Gala Dinner to return in 2022!
Bristol Sport icon

Bristol Sport Gala Dinner to return in 2022!

The annual Bristol Sport Gala Dinner returns in 2022, taking place on Thursday, February 3rd.

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021 • Bristol Sport

Nominate players for U14s Aspire Programme
Rugby icon

Nominate players for U14s Aspire Programme

Bristol Bears Junior Academy are asking coaches and teachers in local clubs and schools to nominate players for the Under 14s Aspire Programme.

Posted: Monday, October 25th 2021 • Rugby

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 81-82 Surrey Scorchers
Basketball icon

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 81-82 Surrey Scorchers

Bristol Flyers narrowly lost at home to Surrey Scorchers in the BBL Cup.

Posted: Saturday, October 23rd 2021 • Basketball

ITEC Game Preview » Surrey Scorchers (H)
Basketball icon

ITEC Game Preview » Surrey Scorchers (H)

Bristol Flyers play their final home BBL Cup group game when they host Surrey Scorchers on Saturday night (7.30pm tip-off).

Posted: Friday, October 22nd 2021 • Basketball