Celtic fans have their say...
We were good going forward in spells but our defence might be the worst it's ever been— Celtic Fc To The Core (@CelticFc_Core) July 24, 2021
We need signings in all Defensive areas and fast
That's the biggest takeaway from today's match 🍀
FULL TIME: Celtic 2 - 6 West Ham
Celtic made lots of changes in the second half, but they will have to be much better when they travel to Denmark on Wednesday. They were beaten comfortably in the end, but did threaten at stages during the first-half.
All in all a very entertaining pre-season fixture.
Reason to be optimistic for Hammers fans...
If you add 6 or 7 quality players to this team! We’d be a force this season. We are still waiting on our 3 best players to come back aswell. Our youngsters looked good against Southend too!— Sam (@Sam6WHU) July 24, 2021
Come on Moyes! Let’s get our transfers all sorted asap and get this season started! 👊🏼⚒
85' - GOAL. 6-2. OKO-FLEX.
The 19-year-old winger, who had limited opportunities during his time at Celtic, gets in on the act. His first attempt is blocked, but he finds the bottom corner with his second strike across goal. He enjoyed that one, and West Ham are enjoying their afternoon.
Some supporters are heading for the exits.
Important to note this is only a pre-season game, but West Ham have been impressive this afternoon. The 18,000 fans in at Celtic Park will be disappointed by their team's performance.
The Algerian playmaker had an opportunity to double his tally moments before being replaced, but was unable to show the same composure he had for his first goal, and was denied by a good Bain save.
73' - GOAL. 5-2. BOWEN.
A very good finish from a player who gets better every week. Big season ahead.
70' - West Ham substitution
Despite the young full-back's great goal on Wednesday, he will not be playing as a centre forward this afternoon, and it will be Jarrod Bowen up top.
Manuel Lanzini comes off for Conor Coventry to give the talented youngster another run-out.
55' - GOAL. 4-2. BENRAHMA.
Another blistering counter-attack from the Hammers and its Fornals again with the through ball.
He finds Benrahma in acres of space and what follows is sublime. The Algerian drives at goal, fakes his shot to sit down the defender and the 'keeper, and then passes into an empty net. A special goal from a special player.
50' - GOAL. 3-2. Christie.
His effort goes straight down the middle, but Randolph makes a mess of it, and it goes in off the post. Celtic will be encouraged by their start to this half, and now only trail by one.
We're back underway!
Both teams have changed their 'keepers, with Bain on for Barkas, and Randolph on for Fabianski.
HALF-TIME: Celtic 1 - 3 West Ham.
Celtic were faster out the blocks and took a deserved early lead early on, but couldn't deal with West Ham's forward from then onwards. A very enjoyable pre-season fixture with the game being played to a good intensity.
The home team will be hoping for an improved second-half performance, and will not want to be embarrassed ahead of their massive game on Wednesday night.
The hosts look dangerous when they get into the final third, but lacking a cutting edge, shown as another chance flashes wide from a good area.
37' - GOAL. 3-1 West Ham. Noble.
He sends the 'keeper the wrong way to extend his side's advantage. Could have done with him on that night at Wembley a few weeks ago...
37' - Penalty to West Ham.
31' - GOAL. 2-1 West Ham. Antonio.
A blistering counter-attack from the visitors and West Ham lead. Celtic's inexperienced defence are struggling to deal with Michail Antonio, and the striker raced on to Fornals' through ball before finishing past Barkas.
The 'keeper got his angles all wrong, leaving the left-hand side of the goal empty, and Antonio made him pay. 2-1.
GOAL!— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 24, 2021
Fantastic footwork and composure from Antonio to draw us level!#CELWHU 1-1 (24) pic.twitter.com/y32k7m9YUG
24' - GOAL. 1-1. Antonio.
Murray misplaces a pass out from the back which is intercepted by Hammers captain Mark Noble. After latching onto the ball, the skipper feeds Michail Antonio who rounds Barkas before tapping into an empty net. A composed finish from West Ham's number 9.
Ryan Christie delivers an excellent cross from the left, finding the head of Edouard who has the beating of Cresswell at the far post, but he nods wide from close-range. A golden opportunity squandered.
Losing and an injury in 10 minutes. This is the West Ham we love. pic.twitter.com/z2kGW5ZuZD— chris (@whuchr) July 24, 2021
The away side beginning to enjoy the greater share of possession, moving the ball well.
The skipper's strike the difference so far...
8' - #CAPTAINCALLUM! 👊— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 24, 2021
🍀1⃣-0⃣⚒️#CELWHU | #COYBIG
10' - A very lively start to this one!
A frantic start with several chances for both sides inside the opening 10 minutes. The hosts lead through McGregor's strike, but there could easily have been 3 goals already.
8' - GOAL. 1-0 Celtic.
McGregor robs Lanzini of possession on the edge of the West Ham penalty area after the Argentine was unable to control Aaron Cresswell's throw-in. The Scotsman proceeded to drive at goal before curling one past Fabianski. A great finish.
Bowen had a chance for the visitors immediately after but was denied by another brilliant Barkas save.
6' - West Ham substitution
Barkas makes a great one-on-one save to deny Michail Antonio after the forward burst into the area following an impressive run. West Ham's talisman should be finishing those, but a great stop nonetheless. Chances for both sides early on.
Ogbonna makes a vital interception inside his 6-yard box to cut out Christie's attempted cross to Edouard.
10 Minutes until Kick-Off
18,000 fans are at the stadium to watch what should be an exciting game. The return of supporters makes such a difference, and hopefully the players feed off the atmosphere this afternoon.
Live match updates to follow...
Fabianski back in the Starting XI
Transfer rumours in recent weeks have linked West Ham with moves for Alphonse Areola and Sam Johnstone, but any arrival in the goalkeeping department will have to battle for the number one spot with a man who was top-drawer last season.
👋 @LukaszFabianski #CELWHU pic.twitter.com/tK4O056yui— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 24, 2021
Team News Reaction
West Ham Team News
📋 Our team news for #CELWHU is in!— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 24, 2021
Here's how the lads line up this afternoon at Celtic Park...
Celtic Team News
📋 Our team news for #CELWHU 🍀⚒️— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 24, 2021
𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐬! 🟢⚪️#WelcomeHome 🤝 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/gZvYoC6moz
The last meeting
Celtic ran out 2-1 winners on that occasion, Tommy Johnson and Stiliyan Petrov scoring for the hosts, while Paolo Di Canio scored for West Ham against his former team.
A pleasant afternoon in Glasgow...
🏟 This afternoon’s settings#CELWHU 🔜 pic.twitter.com/61kMEvsqut— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 24, 2021
David Moyes returns
“Anybody who knows anything about football would say they’re excited about going to Celtic."— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 23, 2021
The Boss is looking forward to tomorrow's trip to his boyhood club...
New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is expected to name a mixed team due to the upcoming second leg of the Champions League qualifier which takes place on Wednesday. However, he will be keen to build the fitness of his squad, meaning the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic could play a part today, following their return from injury.
How to watch
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Pre-season so far
Celtic's season, on the other hand, is already underway. The Bhoys played their first competitive match on Tuesday night, drawing 1-1 with Danish side FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg.
A goal apiece in the first-leg of our #UCL Second Qualifying Round.#CELFCM— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 20, 2021
Location for today's game