Leigh Griffiths is surging into the scoring charts for Celtic. And it was two pieces of individual brilliance by the Scotland international that was enough to bring down Hearts at Tynecastle.
After a goalless seventy minutes, Celtic took the initiative and the lead. After a loose ball in midfield was played through to Griffiths, he rinsed three defenders before slotting a superb finish past Neil Alexander.
Make no mistake, had this goal been scored by Messi or Müller, it would be getting all kinds of praise. Even if it is the kind of goal you expect to see from top strikers, Griffiths demonstrated some fine footwork and finishing.
Despite being booked for celebrating in front of Hearts fans, it did little to curtail his presence in this match. He popped up ten minutes later with a similar piece of delightful skill to play in Tom Rogić who finished from close range with the deftest of touches.
This was good timing because two minutes into injury time, Hearts pulled one back. It was a free header right in front of the Celtic goal and whilst Craig Gordon was helpless to do much about it, I think the defence had switched off at this point in the game.
Although that goal didn’t effect the overall result, I would still be telling my defence to be focussing to the last second. Even if you think the game is won, it isn’t until that final whistle goes.
So Celtic are through to the semi-final of the League Cup. As current holders, the objective is to retain it and make it the first part of a treble.
This should be Ronny Deila’s primary goal. Europe is still salvageable but I think most have conceded being involved beyond Christmas.
I rarely mix football and politics in any debate as they are two different arenas but today signed the petition for the removal of Lord Ian Livingston from the board at Celtic. Having voted for the tax cuts imposed by the government, this guy goes against everything the club are supposed to stand for.
Politics are a personal choice and the club is open to all but his stance undermines the foundations of the club. Celtic can’t sack the guy on political grounds but in my opinion his position is untenable.
Please feel free to sign the petition and shake things up.