On a cold, wet and frequently hailing night, Whitedale took on Celtic at Strom in their defence of the Madrid Cup.
However, it was Celtic who took an immediate lead in the first minute when Finlay Leslie in the Whitedale goal unfortunately slipped the ball backwards from a header by Ellis Smith towards the goal line, only to scramble backwards and claw the ball away. To the credit of the Whitedale linesman, he flagged to say that the ball had crossed the line giving Celtic a 1-0 lead.
Buoyed by this, Celtic dominated the remainder of the first half in a rather dour and uneventful affair.
The second half was completely different with Celtic pushing forward at all opportunities and this paid off with a second goal from Tom Moncrieff.
This finally woke Whitedale up and they began to push forward with intent and after some pressure, Richard Sinclair was on hand to grab a goal back to make the score 2-1 to Celtic.
Whilst pushing for the equaliser, Whitedale were caught on the break and Kennedy Moar nipped in to make the score 3-1.
To complete their dominance, Celtic rounded of their scoring for night with a fourth when James Aitken produced an excellent finish from distance after a fine run to make the score a deserved 4-1 to Celtic.
Whitedale got a late consolation goal when Greg Tulloch converted a soft penalty. Best on the night for a fit and well organised Celtic was James Aitken whilst for Whitedale, nobody stood out in what was a lethargic and well below par performance, one that they will be seeking to put right in their next fixture, again against Celtic this Friday.
CELTIC TEAM: K Glaser, J Bradley, J Clubb, E Smith, C Regan, J Aitken, T Moncrieff, K Moar, S Sim (S Orlowski), R Watt (B Johnson)