A game of two half’s they say.
That was certainly the case last night. First half we got a glimpse of just how good we can be, this new 3-5-2 is growing on me fast, the speed in which we move the ball in it is impressive.
To play this formation you need one key aspect and that’s for your strikers to develop an understanding, a willingness to work together and more importantly, play with their back to goal. Now that’s not something you’ll hear often when Leigh Griffiths was involved but flook me he was outstanding last night for the hour he was on the pitch. Him and Edouard for the first time in 3 years now look like they’re on the same wavelength and this could be the start of something great.
I thought we should have been a few up before we took the lead, Griffiths missed a golden chance and I can’t remember the other chance (old age ) but we did
The opening goal arrived on 6 minutes and it was a joy to behold. Lovely football and some nice link up from Griffiths and Eddy who popped it off to Forrest, who had his best game in about 3 months, for him to sling in a 1st time ball for the outstanding Ntchirlo to head home.
His celebration said it all, does that look like a guy who doesn’t want to be here?
A raft of chances again followed with McGregor, Griffiths and Eddy all going very close.
The 2nd did arrive and it has to be said, it’s shocking defending from their full back but it was a good strike from Forrest.
The 3rd was a good team move and the ball in from Taylor, who had his best game in a Celtic jersey, sent in a peach of a cross for Griffiths to volley home, great goal.
It sort of went a bit flat after that if truth be told but absolutely no problems with it, game was won, just manage it and we’ve still managed to pull away in the GF by 1 more, that’s now 6 clear in the GD, could be worth another point if we can extend it again this weekend.
Now, I’m going to have a wee moan at a few things that I believe are well deserved.
We’ll start with the Jozo sub, replacing him with Bauer, Bauer needs sent back to Stoke immediately. We’d be better off with a young boy there, he gave away the ball twice and a corner from his sheidtyness, all in the space of the first 5 mins of the 2nd half.
If Jozo did have an injury then even go to 4-2-3-1 but he played Brown at centre half next to Julien and well flook me, just when I thought Brown couldn’t play any worse, atrocious. Between him and Julien they allowed St Johnstone sniffs of goal and could have made it an unnecessarily nervy last 20 mins or so.
Mikey Johnstone is next and Neil Lennon didn’t miss him when he went off, GOOD. The wee Jessie needs a toe right up the erse and a 8 week training programme in the gym alone. I’ve never seen a boy who looks more certain to get injured in my puff, and I include James Forrest in his early days. The physio has also had a nightmare, leaving us down to 10 men was ridiculous from our position at half rime.
I’d have liked to have seen Klimala on earlier, preferably at least half an hour so he could grow into the game. He’s not slow that’s for sure but he had 2 chances to bring a ball in and it went back further than where it came from, Oli Burke is ringing in my ears and I hope to god I’m wrong.
Anyway, a very good result and it’s now on to Sunday where hopefully we’re in a position to stretch our lead with Rangers finally appearing to be having injury problems of their own at a crucial time. Aberdeen with the full week to prepare also, you never know.
Btw, Lennon said Elyounoussi is back in full training on Friday. Might see him at Motherwell. Nothing on Frimpong or El Hammed
St Johnstone 0 v 3 Celtic
A game of two half’s they say.