McCracken delighted as young side come from behind to beat Arbroath and set up Celtic tie

Falkirk co-manager David McCracken says he was delighted with the performance of his youthful side as they won at Arbroath.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:04 am
Charlie Telfer celebrates Falkirk's first goal

The Bairns’ gaffer made a number of changes going in to the match with teenage loanees Kyle McClelland, Lewis Neilson and Euan Deveney all starting.

Despite going a goal down they battled back and went on to take the lead in the second half and secure the win and progression to the Third Round where they will face Celtic at Parkhead.

"We're delighted to go through and now the boys have a tie with Celtic which is fantastic,” said McCracken.

"Either side could have won that game, we both had opportunities and conditions were tough which came into it.

"At the same time both teams created good chances and the longer the game went on the more it opened up.

"The guys we've brought in have real quality, they're young and still have a lot to learn but we saw that tonight with a few playing that they showed up well with the experienced guys around them.

“There were some really good performances and we worked hard, battling which was pleasing.

“With the condensed fixture list we're trying to look after a few boys, we don't know what's going to come in terms of injuries and things like that so we saw this as an opportunity for others to get a game while still looking to go out and win.

"The goal we lost was a bit of a freak but we just got on with things which was pleasing especially with so many younger players in the team, that could have had a negative impact on them.”