Ugly Win In Paisley As Celtic Beat Saints 2-1


Ronny gives his captain instructions

Ronny gives his captain instructions

By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson @TCNLiveblog and @ShaunyNews

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Not a game we will remember at the end of the season but 3 points and an ugly 3 points at that. When you are not playing at your full potential but can grind a win out that is a good sign. We all know there is much work still needing done by Ronny, he has two Right backs due to be fit this week in Matthews and Lustig, Forrest we don’t know, Denayer not fit today as well as Commons. With Griffiths not in the final match squad we know we have players coming back

The first half was scrappy and very little came our way in chances, St Mirren hit the bar early on but apart from that they never really threatened much in the 1st half. Celtic had a lot of the ball but St Mirren doubled up at full back and we struggled to get width. We had a long shot from Stokes a cross to the back post Van Dijk couldn’t get to quick enough, the possession in the 1st half was 65% Celtic but it was hard to see it that way as we created very little.

We were all looking at the time and getting ready for our half time pie when a superb move gave Celtic a 1-0 lead right on half time, Scott Brown was played in wide stand side he hammered a cross 2 yards from goal, Guidetti threw himself at the ball, Sky TV said it looked like a Goodwin own goal, at half time they showed it a few times, I paused it and watched a few times, the ball hit Guidetti’s knee on the way past the keeper, it was confirmed as a Guidetti goal after the game, either  way, half time and 1-0 Celtic

Clear as mud at the time, but confirmed Guidetti goal and 1-0

Clear as mud at the time, but confirmed Guidetti goal and 1-0

The second half was  50/50 possession and 5 minutes in St Mirren made it 1-1. A cross in by the Saints and Gordon came and caught it, he then threw the ball to a breaking Wakaso the ball held up on the grass, played wide, cross in and shot brilliant save by Gordon but there was McLean the only player alive to hammer it home, a self inflicted goal but with it being early in the half we had time to make up for it.

20 minutes into the second half Celtic got our 2nd goal, and a bit of praise for Ronny here, he moved Stokes up beside Guidetti and within 5 minutes it worked. Brown played the ball to Stokes 22 yards out near the edge of the box, he took a touch and a disguised pass almost behind him landed right at the feet of Guidetti who stayed calm to hammer home for his 3rd goal in two games.

No argument over this one, brilliant move, pass and finish

No argument over this one, brilliant move, pass and finish

Van Dijk had a free kick inches past the post, Berget came on for Stokes with around 10 minutes to go. Wakaso had a decent game but I look at him running and think he would be better played behind a striker. Nir Bitton for Mubarak Wakaso was the last change for Celtic on 88 minutes to eat up time and it worked, final whistle and we headed back home with 3 points

We all want to see great play and expansive football every game but the sign of a decent side is one  that wins while not playing at peak game. Today was an ugly win, we take the 3 points and look forward to Thursday and Dinamo Zagreb at a 20:05 kick off

The 2 goals thanks to @CelticGoals 

1 NIL

1-0

2-0 (1)

2-0

Till then, enjoy your weekend, the win and 3 points

TCNLiveblog Man of the Match : Guidetti for his goal and commitment to always chase nothing balls and never give in, just heard he has been credited with the 1st goal, so 2 goals today

Shaun

HH

Celtic edge out stubborn Dons 2-1 as we head to FC Salzburg


What a difference Brown made today against a good Aberdeen side

What a difference Brown made today against a good Aberdeen side

 By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson

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With Europa League on Thursday Celtic needed all 3 points and some confidence. Ronny started 2 new players in Tonev and Scepovic, they both had decent games, Tonev I think is a decent player but he needs game time. Scepovic made several superb runs for through balls, once we learn his movement he will score goals you can tell the lad knows where to be. Celtic took the lead on 9 minutes a Commons corner, great ball in a volley from Ambrose came of the chest of Denayer almost on the line and 1-0 to Celtic. 7 minutes later a great run and ball in from Commons seen Scepovic score but the linesman said he was offside, I wasn’t sure on that one. Aberdeen had few chances before Scott Brown made Langfield save.

Denayer gets a chest on an Ambrose volley to make it 1-0

Denayer gets a chest on an Ambrose volley to make it 1-0

It was all Celtic at this stage, Tonev hit the outside of the post with a shot come cross, McGregor then came in from the right and curled a shot just wide. All Celtic at the 25 minute mark. Commons had two half chances soon after a shot and then a cross from Tenov he couldn’t reach. All Celtic and it was ‘When will the 2nd goal come” Aberdeen had a few chances but the half ended in a deserved 1-0 lead for Celtic

The 2nd half was a totally different game, with Brown, Tonev and Scepovic all lacking match fitness, Aberdeen came into the game. Celtic made it 2-0 50 seconds into the second half, a ball squared to Commons 10 yards out, he moved it to his left foot, shot at the left post, was going in but the ball rebounded of an Aberdeen defenders leg for 2-0 and well deserved at this point. Then step up Craig Gordon, he pulled off a few saves and something he does that Forster never did, come for crosses, at one point he came about 15 yards out to gather the ball, he is always shouting at his defence and he did well today and is turning into a brilliant free after selling Forster for £10 Million.

Commons scores Celtic's 2nd and what proved to be the winner

Commons scores Celtic’s 2nd and what proved to be the winner

Aberdeen started to get a hold of the ball and had a few chances, Celtic at this stage stopped pressing as well as we were, but to be expected with players lacking fitness. Commons shot and hit the bar on 55 minutes. Almost right away Aberdeen got a goal, 2-1 came when David Goodwillie headed in for his first Aberdeen goal after an Andrew Considine cross. To be fair Van Dijk should have won the header. Celtic made a few changes John Guidetti for his debut as well as Beram Kayal with Stefan Scepovic and Scott Brown going off at this stage Aberdeen looked more likely to score again, but a lot of praise to the manager today for a tactical change that worked, off  came Tonev for Biton to match up with Aberdeen’s midfield centre 3. Aberdeen had a lot of crosses in the box but Gordon was there for all of them. Aberdeen had a lot of possession in the middle of the 2nd half without actually causing any real damage

John Guidetti did well and you can tell the kid will close down and make things happen. This was a game where we gave 3 new players a game and got Scott Brown back just in time for Europe. Ronny will know his best side by now, no sign of Berget, Griffiths and Stokes proves Ronny will play his team and I was delighted to see that, I may not agree but we need our manager to be strong, Ronny is learning fast at one of the biggest clubs on earth where expectations are brutal for the manager. Celtic had 2 chances before the final whistle, McGregor slotted home but was offside, Johansen won the ball at the edge of the Celtic box and started a run, before we knew it he was in the Aberdeen box about to fire home but the Aberdeen goalie got down well.

Final Score: Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen, 3 points are way more important as we look to find a settled 11 

TCN Man of the match – Denayer. He blocked a few shots and made it look so easy. Commons had a good game and got his goal, Johansen was better today, but for me Denayer shaded it

HH