Celtic came from behind to take all three points after a hard-fought encounter at Netherdale.

Gala Fairydean Rovers went into the game on the back of a 5-1 victory over champions elect Bonnyrigg Rose in midweek.

And the hosts took an early lead when Ciaren Chalmers did well to get on the end of a corner.

Within a minute Kit McRitchie produced a superb save from Tsoanelo Letsosa’s powerful strike.

Celtic’s highly rated keeper Tobo Oluwayemi who joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur was called into action on several occasions and did well in the 35th minute tipping a Gala effort onto the bar.

There was no more scoring in the first-half and Gala went in deservedly ahead.

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The Hoops responded though and Rocco Vata equalised with an angled strike into the bottom corner not long after the restart.

The winning goal came in the 74th minute from Owen Summers whose powerful long-range effort beat McRitchie.

Olumwayemi was called into action twice in the dying minutes but despite their late pressure Gala were unable to secure a share of the points.

After the final whistle Celtic boss Tommy McIntyre was complimentary about the Gala performance particularly at set plays.

He told Celtic TV: “We’re delighted. I did say that Gala were a good side and they proved that today.

“It was tough and in the first half- the problem we gave ourselves was giving away too many free-kicks and corners and that was a big strength of theirs.

“We spoke to the players at half time about their energy levels which were very good and just to take a bit more care with the final ball and to deal with set plays and in the second-half to a man they were excellent.

Goal scorer Summers said: “I’m buzzing. It was a hard game. In the first-half we did well but they got the goal early on from the corner. It was my man for the goal so I felt a responsibility to put the game right I’m happy.”