Celtic had a slow start to last night’s match in Brussels. What they did though was apply themselves for over 90+ minutes, stepping up their game as the game continued.
Perhaps the best example of this was Olivier Ntcham. The French under-21 was deployed as expected in the midfield alongside Scott Brown.
He’s been credited for his range of passing and dictating the play. For practically the whole first half it appeared to have abandoned him.
That didn’t mean he wasn’t involved. In fact he was at the heart of everything Celtic did.
Ntcham didn’t hide. He stuck to his task and was instrumental in then opening goal as well.
That was a real boost for his and the team’s morale. Celtic kicked on from there.
At the back Celtic were solid. Simunovic and Boyata were brilliant.
How Alex McLeish must be regretting his words if advice. He was certainly proved wrong by the big Belgian who has just come back from injury.
Lustig and Tierney also provided some excellent discipline. Tierney, as we know, was superb down the left flank.
It was his perfectly weighted slide rule pass that was the assist for the first goal. After he’d received the through ball from Ntcham, he looked up and picked out the on rushing Griffiths.
Had the ball been without that pace it would have been stopped by a defender or missed entirely by Griffiths. It was a perfect goal.
Broony was immense once again. At 32 he is in the form of his career.
Rogić wasn’t as effective as we thought he might have been. Rodgers played him presumably because of the lack of link up play in the PSG match.
However, he spent too much time out wide and not getting the break of the ball. Roberts didn’t get the service in the first half but of course came good in the second.
Sinclair was dogged and cappped off the night with a stunning goal. Celtic were flying by this point.
I don’t want to leave out the subs. They all contributed to the effort, particularly McGregor.
Last but not least was Craig Gordon. He’s had off days in Europe before but last night he was great.
Look sharp and decisive. Great shift.
So much confidence now. Not unstoppable but we’re off and running in the Champions League.
They’re level on points with Bayern Munich and three points ahead of their rivals for third spot, Anderlecht. I think we can assume PSG will win the group.
Great job Bhoys and great job Brendan. Let’s get that third place.