Celtic edge past Thistle to go 3 clear in league (Goal)


Game in hand we had to win

Game in hand we had to win

This was our game in hand, we needed 3 points and we got them. We should have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes. Brown with a chip through to Tonev was close, soon after Tonev played in Matthews but his cross was cleared. 8 minutes in superb play gave the ball to Johansen his cross and Guidetti had his header saved. 2 minutes later Guidetti and Stokes linked up, cross to Johansen but his header  went wide.

That was the first 10 minutes and Celtic kept it going. Tonev who had a good game tonight got a shot away that was palmed away by Gallacher in goal. Then Van Dijk hammered a low shot saved and another corner. It was all Celtic, it was just a matter of when.

25 minutes in Guidetti played in Stokes a cross into the box and Tonev heads wide when scoring was easier. All Celtic and at this point 0-0 was just unreal. Celtic kept it up Van Dijk, Johansen and Guidetti with good chances then Thistle had a shot just past Gordon’s near post. Leading up to half time Celtic played the ball well, trying to beat 10 defenders is hard, Matthews had a volley just wide on 40 minutes it just didn’t look like we would score.  2 minutes later Stokes shot just wide and that was the first half, should have been 5-0 up but we were playing well

Second half saw Mulgrew swap for Bitton. Van Dijk passed through the Thistle defence to Tonev his shot hit the side netting. Thistle were countering us and had the odd half chance. Then came the goal. Johansen who can deliver a ball played  a cracker into the box, there was big Virgil Van Dijk who hammered home from 6 yards, well done big Van Dijk. For all the good play it was a set piece that got us in-front. He is playing well as the Transfer window is close to opening

Van Dijk cracks home the winner

Van Dijk cracks home the winner

Thanks to @celticgoals

With 20 minutes left Double switch for Celtic saw Guidetti and Tonev off, Scepovic and Commons on, for me I didn’t think it was time to make these changes as Thistle kind of came back into it. A few minutes after Commons came on he should have scored, great move Stokes played it into Commons and his shot was too near the keeper. Scepovic should have made it 2-0 with a double chance and it seems this kid just won’t score.

At this point it was ‘Lets see it out’ Then step up Craig Gordon. Doolan was in and a great shot saw Gordon pull off a super save to keep it 1-0. For all Celtic’s good play we still are not finishing teams off

3 points clear in the league, a game we will forget easy. Decent win. Ronny said afterwards he wants better but is happy with the points.

Man of the match: Virgil Van Dijk – With the transfer window about to open he is playing brilliant. It is a worry but Ronny is adamant he is staying

HH

Shaun

Celtic Ease Past Hearts in Scottish Cup (GOALS/RED CARD)


We are slowly turning into a solid close group of players

We are slowly turning into a solid close group of players

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

Gomis Red Card

Gomis Red Card

A deserved red card for Gomis

A deserved red card for Gomis

Van Dijk makes it 1-0

Van Dijk makes it 1-0

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

Guidetti won and scored the penalty

Guidetti won and scored the penalty

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

Brilliant goal by Stokes

Brilliant goal by Stokes

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.

Van Dijk powers home with the head for 4-0

Van Dijk powers home with the head for 4-0

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  @CelticGoals for the goals above.

Well done the Bhoys

Man of the Match : Nir Biton, controlled everything with ease

HH

Shaun

Celtic stay top with hard fough 2-1 win over Dundee (Goals)


Strange celebration, but this is what we love about this guy

Strange celebration, but this is what we love about this guy

Reporter Shaun Gibson

Reporter Shaun Gibson

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3 points is all that matters today. Denayer off injured we hope he is ok for Thursday. We were not superb today, we seem to make it hard for ourselves too often and today was no different.
Dundee had most of the ball in the first 15 minutes pegging Celtic back in the early staged. I thought the relationship, as Ronny would say between defence and midfield and strikers wasn’t there today. Commons and Forrest got some time on the park, so looking back in was an ‘ok’ day.
Celtic then came more into the game, the link up play improved, Commons, Forrest, Guidetti, Van Dijk all passing up on good chances. Just before half time some wonderful wide play by James Forrest winning a free kick 2 yards from the corner flag stand side. Commons whipped in a killer cross, Stokes made a back to front post run and headed home with power, 1-0 Celtic and a goal from the training ground for sure

Goal video thanks to @CelticGoals

Stokes powers home for 1-0 just on half time

Stokes powers home a header for 1-0 just on half time

Denayer went off at half time, he seemed to be ok as he walked off so let’s hope precaution is the reason. Ambrose is a decent player, once every now and then. I don’t think he is a bomb scare, he is just too relaxed, when 50,000 people and everyone watching around the World get all panicky, Efe just seems to be confident. He nearly got caught a few times but Craig Gordon and Van Dijk saved him.
2-0 came 9 minutes into the second half, again Forrest with a superb run got himself to the goal line cut it back to the penalty spot and ‘Super John Guidetti’ doesn’t miss from there. 2-0, game over, let’s all relax with a cup of Bovril and enjoy the rest of the game…
…NOT

Guidetti gets on the end of a Forrest pull back for 2-1

Guidetti gets on the end of a Forrest pull back for 2-1

Goal video thanks to @CelticGoals

Celtic lately have done this, got ahead and then lost a goal or didn’t get the 2nd goal, thankfully luck has been on our side the last 2 months or so. Games we should have dropped points we never, so with no Brown and a few injures, Lustig also, we take today’s score.
Dundee did manage a goal through Clarkson, a fine signing for Dundee he has turned out to be. Ball into the box, nobody willing to attack it and 2-1. It made the last 20 minutes hard but looking back I think we had more chances to get a 3rd goal. Kayal had the ball in the net on 92 minutes and I will have to see it again, he looked onside to me
We now await Red Bull Strasberg on Thursday, we need to win. I hope we can fill the stadium and get the job done with a game to spare. Top of the league, nearly through in the Europa League with room to spare and in the Semi Final of the league cup, in reality we can’t ask for much more after the start to the season we had

Final score: Celtic 2-1 Dundee

Man of the match: James Forrest

HH

10 man Celt’s battle back to go top


IT'S COOL LADS, I GOT THIS

IT’S COOL LADS, I GOT THIS

Today was about one thing, 3 points and top of the league. We were lucky in the end but the websites the length and breadth of Scotland will show Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic and Celtic top of the league. The JOY AND EMOTION from Ronny was there for all to see. This was a HUGE game for our manager. When we were beat at home from Hamilton there was an international break and the wait to make up for the defeat and I know this feeling, you want to play the next day never mind the next week to get the defeat out your system, what we seen with Ronny at full time utter joy and a release of so much tension. Ronny will now relax in the international break. I said a few weeks ago Ronny may have changed his “We want to beat Barcelona” philosophy to just know he has to win games, we are winning ugly and I LOVE THAT. When you are not at 100% and you are winning this is a good thing because you can only get better, we are now on a good run, we are in pole position for last 32 of Europa league, so tonight we are happy

Johansen Goal

JOHANSEN SLIDES IN TO LOB THE BALL OVER THE KEEPER FOR 1-1

Aberdeen took the lead on 26 minutes when Andy Considine’s shot comes back off Lukasz Zaluska and Adam Rooney was there to knock the ball into the net, Zaluska should have done better but as the game went on he made some top saves.
A player I really like and give man of the match to a lot got us level, a brilliant run from Johansen who got to the ball before defender and keeper to dink the ball over both after a great ball into the box from Stokes, brilliant goal by an ever improving player and a superb spot by Stokes
Possession in the first half was 60%/40^ for Celtic, seconds half was 70%/30% for Celtic.

UTTER DELIGHT AND RELIEF FROM RONNY! Thanks to @CollectCelticFC

When the ref made a howler of a mistake in sending off Scott Brown on 81 minutes we felt it could be a bad end to the game but what we seen is what we want to see. Ronny said after the game “When Brown went off, our leader, we needed more leaders and we got them, we are coming together as a unit, we are top and we want to stay there” Games like this can define a manager going forward. Confidence will be rushing through the veins of the team right now and it comes from the top, from the manager. The way he was cuddling the players at full time was a joy to see. It looked like 1-1 and not top of the league with 10 men and we would have had to accept this, but this team are starting to show something, all the weeks and months of hard work, I think are starting to come together. On 88 minutes a superb corner from Johansen was fired into the back post, I could hear screaming 100 mile away in Aberdeen over my screaming when Van Dijk was as cool as any Dutch player to tap home at the back post for a 2-1 Celtic win.

VAN DIJK FIRES HOME AND FIRES CELTIC TOP OF THE LEAGUE

VAN DIJK FIRES HOME AND FIRES CELTIC TOP OF THE LEAGUE

When the 4th official put up 3 minutes I was screaming “Slow it down, take it into the corners” And we did this well. We are adapting. Seeing the players dancing and jumping all over each other in-front of the fans tells us all one thing, these guys are all on the same page
It was good to see James Forrest come back, he did ok, but he needs 5 or 6 games to get near to match fitness. Guidetti was starved of any service the whole game, there were errors, but when you win 2-1 away in what is your hardest fixture of the season, with 10 men and to go top of the league, THAT IS WHY WE LOVE CELTIC! Aberdeen’s Shaleum Logan red carded after game, Football just throws Irony at us all the time 😀

Man of the match : Stefan Johansen, he is improving very fast and scoring goals as well
HH
SHAUN