A late goal from Joshua Brenet was enough to claim victory for PSV Eindhoven and condemn Celtic to bottom spot in their NextGen group.
John Kennedy’s young side now finish this year’s group stage with only one victory, coming against the Dutch side at Firhill and now must concentrate on domestic matter in the SPL Under-20 League.
The home side came into the game on the back of a two-goal defeat away to Aston Villa in their previous NextGen fixture, but coach Phillip Cocu only decided to make one change, with Clint Leemans replacing Mohamed Mahmoed.
Celtic also suffered defeat in their previous fixture away to Sporting Lisbon, which saw the Parkhead side rooted to the bottom of group four as they entered the last round of fixtures and as a result they made two changes, with Glenn Daniels and Dylan McGeouch being replaced by Robbie Thomson and Denny Johnstone.
The Dutch outfit backed by a large home support were in control of the game for most of the first half, but they couldn’t find a way past Thomson in the Celtic goal as the Hoops defence stood strong in the opening minutes.
PSV’s first real sight of goal came when Zakaria Bakkali played through Geraldo Antonio, but the striker’s attempt at goal was deflected away from danger by the legs Marcus Fraser as the visitors were being pushed back.
The visitors could have taken a shock lead when Lewis Kidd played a cross from the right to Johnstone, but his attempted overhead kick went well wide of the PSV goal as keeper Jesse Bertrams watched the ball go out for a goal kick.
Cocu’s side should have gone into the lead as Bakkali once again played through Antonio, but the PSV forward found Thomson in great form as the Hoops keeper spread himself to save the strike, but when the rebound arrived at the feet Bakkali he failed to make a proper connection to put his side ahead.
The second half started with the home side looking to pile on the pressure in order to get the opening goal and they almost did, as Leemans found Thomas Horsten, but his shot went wide of Thomson’s right hand post.
With the game drawing to a close, the home side finally made their pressure pay off as Brenet got his head onto a corner from the right wing by Mohamed Rayhi and powered the ball beyond the helpless Thomson to hand PSV all three points.
PSV continued to pile on the pressure for the remaining minutes of the game, but they couldn’t find a way to extend their advantage and were forced to settle for the one-goal victory.