New management duo Keith Briggs and Andy Fearn will feel aggrieved that their new charges failed to take something from a game that they bossed for large periods, thanks to a dubious late strike from Craig Owen.
Obi Anorou was denied by a spectacular one handed save from Tony Breeden, whilst moments later a curling shot from Sean McConville was likewise tipped away by the Leamington keeper. Matty Urwin was largely a spectator called into action mainly during set-pieces, with Lee Moore coming the closest planting his effort straight at Urwin from a corner.
Both Prince Haywood and Adam Pepper went close as the young Celts tried to impress the new boss, but were wide and over as Celtic pressed throughout the half.
The second half was more of the same, with Celtic looking for their first away win of the campaign. Substitute Conal Platt saw his effort blocked on route to goal by James Mace, while it was Liam Daly who got in the way of a fierce Kristian Platt free kick. Just when it looked like the game would be finishing goalless, the rain started. As the game headed into stoppage time, the officials missed Ricky Johnson's handball as he brought down a hopeful punt and bore down on goal.
Craig Owens was fed a great ball on the overlap and curled a superb shot past the unlucky Matty Urwin with only seconds left on the clock. As lightning split the sky in a kind of cosmic anger at the missed handball, there was no time for the visitors to grab an equaliser, leaving them still looking to get back to winning ways away from home, and showing Briggs just what a mountain his new charges have to climb.