Celtic's impressive form in the cup competitions this season continued as they comfortably swept aside Gainsborough to set up a third round tie at home to Blyth Spartans on January 15th.
Celtic had a deserved 3-0 lead after an hour through goals from leading marksman Winfield Steele, skipper Gary Bauress and Martin Filson.
Celtic dominated in tricky conditions for the duration of the 90 minutes with keeper Gary Ingham having little to do. When he was called upon, Gainsborough found him in excellent form.
It came as no surprise when Steele reacted quickly to force home a loose ball after a Bauress corner on only nine minutes.
Steele then played a large part in the second goal, his cross finding Steve Pickford who was fouled in the area when he seemed certain to score. Bauress had no trouble from the penalty spot.
Gainsborough, with the wind at their backs, improved after the break but Mark Ogley marshalled the defence superbly and Gainsborough never really looked like getting back into the game.
The third goal, a superb Martin Filson effort, wiped out their chances completely. It was a thumping drive from the edge of the area to seal Celtic's victory and Andy Saville's header fourteen minutes from time was little more than a consolation.