Celtic completed their third successive win in a row for the second time this season. If you count the 3-0 awarded to Celtic against Legia Warsaw, this would be the third occasion that a hat-trick of competitive wins has occurred.
In the club’s overall history this isn’t ground breaking stuff, but in the current season this was another vital victory for Ronny Deila as he aims to improve the team’s consistency. It may not have been the prettiest of matches to begin with but Celtic got the result they craved in the end.
Even more pleasing was seeing Guidetti and Šćepović getting on the score sheet again. For the time being this partnership cannot work together in Europe, but it was good to see them working together in the league.
Guidetti’s free kick was slotted home nicely from just outside the box but their were plenty more chances. With Kilmarnock’s red card a cause of said free kick, it was a large contributor to Celtic’s goal threat as the match progressed.
Take nothing away from Celtic though because as I have said before, they have the ability to throw away chances in games. So not only was it pleasing to see Šćepović score, but to see him have a number of chances demonstrated some desire.
Having only seen the highlights, I never really got an overall impression of the team performance. To the player’s credit, they have dealt with a post European fixture, albeit on home soil.
The next two matches for Celtic are also on home turf. Partick Thistle in the League Cup on Wednesday and Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.
Two victories would keep Celtic in the League Cup and closer to top spot in the league. They would also signify the first point in the season where four and five consecutive competitive wins would be achieved.
In a season that has seen some disappointing results at home and abroad, this would be a welcome boost. It would also go a long way to boosting morale amongst the support which has not shown up in great numbers at Celtic Park.
Ronny Deila has had his critics in the media, from ex-players and within the support. Decent results in the Europa League are helping to ease some of that but he still has his critics for not killing off games and making unsupported team selections.
And yet this is still only October and the building is ongoing, but I see the team getting stronger. Celtic are not the finished article, but I remain a firm supporter of Ronny Deila.