Match Report -
First away win!
By Mike
It's not unkind to suggest that a Celtic away win is a rare thing.

However, there must be something in the lap of the gods to suggest that The Valley Stadium in Redditch must be a ground that they enjoy playing at. A record of three wins and ten goals from three visits proves that.

Buoyed by a fantastic travelling support that didn't shut up for the second week running, Celtic were able to take this game to their hosts and rarely looked in danger of losing.

Admittedly there may be a slight difference in class between the sides towards the top of Nationwide North compared to those near the bottom but don't let that take away from what was a comprehensive victory.

The first a goal from Steve Garvey, restored to the starting line up following a recent injury. A neat finish having been played into space by Jody Banim.

The second a trademark finish by Lee Ellington, rushing onto a Tom Baker cross at the far post. Surely, one of the best strikers in the league.

The third, a sublime effort from Jody Banim, his first for the club. He jinked around two defenders before chipping the keeper. Undoubtedly his best game yet in a Celtic shirt.

The coup de grace, Phil Eastwood on as a substitute unleashes a shot from an acute angle with virtually his first touch. His delight as it crashes into the back of the net plain to see.

The minor downside to the game, if you can call it that, following Celtic's first goal, Redditch were allowed to equalise straight from the kick-off.

Last week, it was mused that there were times Celtic would need to step up their efforts, week in, week out in order to attain a high finishing place in the league.

On this evidence they did just that.