The order of the day was to get a win and get into the 5th round of the Scottish Cup and job done. The game was put to bed on 8 minutes when Morgaro Gomis was sent off for Hearts for a 2 footed dangerous challenge, from then on it we controlled the game. The midfield were good today with Biton my man of the Match. Sky Sports gave it to Scott Brown but Biton made everything look so easy, he walked through the game. Johansen again put in a shift, today Izzy didn’t have his best game but got a few cracking crosses in, 2 goals from Van Dijk a cracker from Stokes and a Guidetti penalty put us through, it should have been more than 4 but we take this
On 8 minutes a reckless challenge by Gomis with a two footed high challenge on Scott Brown saw the Hearts captain see Red, from then on it was all Celtic. Celtic took the lead on 27 minutes after threatening for the previous 20 minutes, a corner from Stokes was headed clear, Forrest hammered it back into the box and Van Dijk as cool as you like slotted home for 1-0 and control of the game
Celtic had a ton of chances in the first half but were up against 9 defenders, our passing in and around the box is getting FANTASTIC the more we get into this season, one touch passing I love and when it comes off its superb, I think Ronny has now put his stamp on this team but there is a long way to go, we need a few more players and more tactical training, I think it will come, Ronny has been very lucky in many games but in football I would rather be lucky than good, but Celtic when on song are superb
The second half was just wave after wave of Celtic attacking both flanks and through the middle. I said above our one touch passing is a joy to watch but sometimes we can over do it. 2-0 came when Guidetti was fouled, he took the penalty and game over for sure
3-0 was a cracking goal and only 5 minutes after the 2nd goal, Stokes collected the ball 25 yards out, turned his man and shot hard and low into the far post, brilliant goal from a player who is as fit as I have seen him. Ronny maybe needed Stokes to get fitter and playing him on the left wing is working, him and Izzy match up well, great goal from an improving player
4-0 was on the hour park when a superb Johansen corner was aimed for the head of Van Dijk and up he went to hammer home a bullet header. Brilliant goal from Van Dijk and good to see him get 2 goals. As a team we were good today, could we have been better? Sure we could have but we were up against 9 defenders the whole gave so it was no surprise 3 of the goals came from set pieces.
Celtic are top of the league
Semi Final of the League Cup against Rangers
5th round of the Scottish cup
Through to the knock out stage on the Europa League
I think if we were told this when Ronny was made manager we would have taken it and we do. Improvement is needed, we really do need another Centre half and a Creative midfielder and possibly a left winger, Wakaso, Tonev and Berget can’t seem to tie this area of the park down. Thanks again to @ for the goals above.
Well done the Bhoys
Man of the Match : Nir Biton, controlled everything with ease