With Commons, Johanson, Kayal and others on the bench today it showed how strong a squad Lenny is building. Biton again for me just oozes class and can find a pass anywhere but today the plaudits go to Leigh Griffiths, 3 goals and 3 good goals. Mulgrew scored a cracking back heal and Commons came off the bench to get his goal, a 30 yarder with a lot of power the keeper couldn’t hold
With the loss against Aberdeen in midweek Celtic still have an unbeaten home record to protect in the league and today was training mode. Celtic sat back for large spells of this game and hit with quick attacks. We were superb in the center of the park and again Biton was just superb, when Biton plays we seem to play better
1-0 came on 11 minutes when an Izzy cross was fired home by man of the match Griffiths, well worked team goal and a great finish. 2-0 came 10 minutes later a Griffiths corner fired low at the front post was met by Mulgrew who ghosted past 3 defenders to get a touch on it to back heal high into the net, great goal
The first half saw chances for Biton, Griffiths, Stokes and more but 2-0 at half time and we all knew a quick 3rd goal and the game was over.
The 2nd half seen ICT have a lot of the ball but Celtic stood off them forcing them to play the long ball and what a superb setup because it brought 3 goals and several easy chances missed. Celtic were in 1st gear in the 2nd half it was easy. Forster had one save to make from Foran 3 yards out but he got out quick to get it out for a corner.
Chances came and went but finally we got the 3rd goal 12 minutes into the 2nd half a long ball from Mulgrew found Griffiths and his finish, as you will see below was SUPERB. He hit it with power and no real back lift in his shot high into the near post, superb goal and game over.
ICT still had a lot of the ball but Celtic just kept winning it back, Griffiths had a great chance for his hat trick when Griffiths and Stokes were through, Stokes should have shot and scored, he squared to Griffiths and over the bar it went.
4-0 came from Commons, good play by Biton and Brown, Commons who shot from 30 yards the keeper spilled it into the net, the power in the shot got the keeper, but poor goalkeeping, Commons however will take it
Chances were created and missed by Forrest, Brown, Stokes, Griffiths and the score COULD AND SHOULD have been higher but when you are picking a team off at will you are going to try the spectacular and on 85 minutes a superb pass from Commons put Griffiths in and he hammered home for his hat trick and 5-0 and a well deserved 5-0 and hat trick from Griffiths
Many people doubted Griffiths as I did, but I will HAPPILY buy the lad a pint next time he is in town. Griffiths is a young hungry player and we can see already if we set him up he will score. He got 29 last season for Hibs, how many can he get here is the question, this lad could go onto make himself a cult hero with goals he will score. He has to screw the head and do it on the park. I trust Lennon to knock the bad attitude out of Griffiths and get his big head deflated as he truly is a superb goal scorer. We needed a goal scorer and I think we have one now and a good one
TCN Match reporter man of the match – Leigh Griffiths
3-0. Griffith’s 2nd thanks to @CelticGoals
All 5 goals thanks again to @CelticGoals