Celtic took to the Highlands on Saturday in search of a win. They put on a solid display and routed Ross County 5-0 as result of their efforts.
It’s fair to say that Ross County weren’t at there best. Celtic on the other hand were ruthless.
The passing was neat and tidy, the tackles solid and the opportunities were plentiful. Celtic looked dangerous in attack and there was a sense that something has finally clicked.
Ross County might be rock bottom of the Premiership, but even Celtic have the ability to look a gift horse in the mouth. It just so happens that they didn’t on this occasion.
If Celtic can continue with these type of displays then I’m certain Ronny Deila will win over his doubters amongst the support. He said during the summer that a year from now, the fans would see a totally different team.
I think what he was driving at when he said that was more than just about a team of his own players. For me it was a signal of radical change.
Celtic have invested in a young manager with fresh, modern ideas. There’s an element of risk in this but what Ronny Deila is putting in place now should benefit the club in the long term.
Much has been made of Deila’s philosophy about players being 24hr athletes. There’s been criticism, not by players, but by the media and sections of our support.
Its been highlighted predominantly due to inconsistent form. If results had been better for Celtic earlier in the season, I doubt people would be dissecting Deila’s coaching.
Should Celtic hit a bit of form now, it will be interesting to see what people have to say about Ronny Deila’s methods. There’s still a long way to go and much more work required I’m sure, but Saturday’s result against Ross County was a sound victory laced with positive individual performances.
Stefan Johansen was a standout performer. So far this season he’s looked well off the pace but on Saturday he looked more like the player we saw under Neil Lennon.
Anthony Stokes had a fine game as well, bagging two great goals into the bargain. Having found new life out on the left flank, his presence in the team looks more beneficial than when deployed up front.
John Guidetti also seems to be settling in nicely. I like this guy a lot and reckon he could be huge for Celtic.
Its a shame he can’t play in the Europa League because he could do with his presence and goals. Instead, he will have to make way for Stefan Scepovic.
The Serbian hasn’t settled as quickly as fellow striker, Guidetti. Goals have eluded Scepovic in the first team but he did bag one last week in the development side.
His substitute appearance on Saturday didn’t show any signs of progress though. At the moment he looks like he has a touch of the Pukki’s.
There’s a cloud hanging over this guy and he needs to exorcise whatever is affecting his performance. Thursday night would be a good time for him to step up and prove himself.
Its the first of four home fixtures for Celtic and this one against FC Astra is important. A winning double header, home and away, over the Romanian club would be a huge boost for progessing in the Europa League.
Should Celtic qualify for the last sixteen, Guidetti is sure to be installed as first choice striker. So Scepovic should make every effort now, whilst Guidetti is ineligible, to ensure he stays in contention.