Celtic development squad boss Tommy McIntyre has insisted that his side are relishing the prospect of meeting Barcelona next week.

The Hoops, who edged out Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 in a Scottish Development League fixture on Tuesday night, will next take on the Catalan giants in an away UEFA Youth League fixture on 13th September.

Although Celtic are yet to lose a league fixture this season, the Bhoys were knocked out of the Challenge Cup after going down 5-1 to Livingston last weekend.

And McIntyre, who is expecting a tough encounter in Spain, feels that playing against a team of Barcelona’s status and pedigree will help his side to develop and progress further.

“It will be a real tough game and we are delighted to play a top European team”, he told Celtic TV.


“For our young players to be there and learn, and to hopefully gain that experience to take a step forward in terms of progression and developing that potential [is good].

“So it’s something we’re looking forward to and it’s an exciting time.”

Celtic are currently fourth in the Scottish Development League table with seven points from three outings, two adrift of leaders St Mirren.

Following Tuesday’s clash with Barcelona, McIntyre’s side will face Ross County in a league fixture six days later.