Match Preview: Celtic B visit The Showgrounds on Tuesday

The Bit O’ Red host Celtic B at The Showgrounds tomorrow evening in a mid-season friendly at 7pm

The game sees the Glasgow side travel to Sligo as part of their pre-season preparations ahead of their new domestic season

Manager John Russell is looking forward to the game:

‘’We’re all looking forward to playing Celtic B tomorrow evening.

‘’There is a great history between both clubs so, I know it will be a special occasion for our supporters and the Celtic supporters throughout the North West of Ireland.

Tickets are available from 6pm at the turnstiles or online at

Season tickets are not valid for the game.

With a League game against Cork City at home this coming Saturday, Russell will use the game to blood some youngsters in a squad mixed with Academy and Senior players:

‘’The game gives us an opportunity to look at some of our own Academy players in a first-team environment and how they match up against some of Celtic’s top young prospects.

‘’Hopefully both sets of supporters come out in the their numbers and enjoy a good game of football’’.

Conor Walsh continues his recovery from an ankle injury and could be fit to play some part in the game.

Rovers remain without all other absentees from Friday night, however Kailin Barlow is back in contention following his recent suspension.

Owen Elding, Conor Campbell, Gareth McElroy, Conor Reynolds will be just some of the Academy players set to feature in the matchday squad.

The Bit O’ Red Supporters Trust will hold a fan appreciation evening from 6pm in the their clubhouse, with a marquee also erected for the evening and also for Saturday’s game against Cork City.

Former Rovers’ Player-Manager Willie McStay will be in attendance at the event with a Q&A just after 6pm and everyone is welcome.