GALA Fairydean Rovers travel to Airdrie on Saturday to face on-form Celtic B at the Excelsior Stadium.

The hoops go into the game on the back of a comprehensive victory over Broomhill Open Goal and victory could see Darren O’Dea's side move to the top of the table.

Celtic now sit in second place on 48 points in the division, one point behind league leaders Spartans but the youngsters have two games in hand.

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The last time the pair met was at Netherdale when Celtic took the points following a seven goal thriller in October last year.

Gala Manager Martin Scott said: “These games against the top teams are a real challenge but I love them. It’s good to pit my wits against top coaches.

“We know how difficult it’s going to be because Celtic play an attractive style of football at a high intensity.

“They are full of young players who are pushing for a first team place at Celtic which shows the standard and our players relish playing against them.

“We normally do well against the top teams but sometimes struggle against the so called lesser teams.”

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Rovers suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Caledonian Braves last Saturday after an impressive win over Edinburgh University in the previous midweek.

Scott said: “The performance against Edinburgh Uni was excellent and we went into the Caledonian Braves match in a positive mood but with the same game plan which was wrong.

“We needed to be more purposeful and after a half time debrief we were much better in the second half.”

Scott has a full squad to choose from apart Liam Campbell, Ben Herdman and Lewis Grant who have long term injuries and Jack Beaumont who has ben given a leave of absence for work reasons.

He added: “The squads looking good fitness wise and I’m looking to bring in two and possibly three players in.”