MAN OF THE MATCH: Greg Taylor waited for his chance to prove to the manager that he should be a regular starter at left back and over the past few weeks he has worked his arse off to insure he keeps his starting jersey. Last night he had a solid performance, he showed great attitude in a game that never really came to life till after the hour mark.
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Wonderful goal from Tom Rogic to settle the nerves, while Odsonne Edouard continues his impressive goal return of late and Kristoffer Ajer impresses every time he pushes forward. David Turnbull once again put in a decent shift, including scoring the fourth goal after a quite first half.
FIRST HALF: With the exception of the Tom Rogic goal, the first half was played like a pre-season friendly at times with both teams guilty of stray passes and both goalkeepers having little to do.
SECOND HALF: Neil Lennon had a word with the players at half-time but it still took them till after the hour mark to spring into real life but when it did it was a short story of five minute heroes. Three goals in about 5 minutes had me almost jumping out of my chair. Almost!Taylor was taken down for the penalty, Eddie stepped up and coolly slots it away, Ryan Christie looked more like himself when he scored the third after coming off the bench before the ever alert, Turnbull rocked up with the fourth and final goal. Another clean sheet and a quite night for Scott Bain in the Celtic net.
INJURED: After Stephen Welsh’s man of the match performance against Motherwell. The youngster started once again before being carried off after a late tackle from Jon Obika. The arrival of Shane Duffy on the pitch as his replacement brought out some humour on twitter as his arrival heralded the 3 goals. Lets hope the injury does not keep him out because it was great to see an unchanged 11 named for the game something that hasn’t happened too often this season.
SKY SPORTS: Before even a ball was kicked positivity surrounded Celtic fans TV sets when we all realised that Kris Boyd was not covering the game.
MATCH REACTION: Neil Lennon “We took a lot of criticism, and rightly so, after the defeat against St Mirren at Celtic Park, so obviously we wanted to put that right. That’s three wins on the bounce now, and we’ve got to try and maintain that until the end of the season.” Greg Taylor “You’ve got to bide your time. It was nice to get the early goal and it was a lovely goal from Tom in the first half, and then in the second half we managed to get a few more against a well-drilled side.”
FAN REACTION: Celtic fans in Watts App groups and across social media were in agreement that it was a positive result after the game finally came to life but it was like a Chris Sutton tweet read, Too Little to Late. Plenty of humorous comments on Shane Duffy after a day that the Green Brigade grabbed the headlines for yet another banner which has once again seen the Celtic Supporters split over the groups action plan.
Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.
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