afc blackpool 0
AFC manager Dave Worthington had named a strong starting line-up, with eight players who were regulars last season.
Keeper Alex Cameron made his debut, former Squires Gate captain Mike Hall came in at left-back and former youth team player Jack Taylor was in central defence.
The Hoops were clearly up for this game, their first at this level since their foundation in 1909, and they proved difficult opponents.
A fairly equal first half was goalless, although both sides could easily have taken the lead.
Cameron and his Celtic counterpart, Craig Devine, were determined to keep clean sheets with the AFC man making a fine stop.
The second half was much the same, although the Hoops dominated for an extended period, and it looked inevitable that they would score but they were denied by Cameron.
AFC had their chances but, in added time, the away side looked like they were going to snatch three points.
However, a fantastic save from man-of-the-match Cameron ensured the game ended level.
AFC Blackpool: Cameron, Donaghy, Hall, Caunce, Taylor, Pickering, Baird, Fishwick, Duffield, Williams, Dawson. Subs: Betteridge, Bradley, Finlayson, Smith, Nay.