For the first 20 minutes of this game Saint’s had a lot of the ball and carved a few chances for themselves. Celtic took a good half hour to wake up today but once we did the win was never in doubt
With Henderson getting another start and missing an easy chance although he did get into that position to miss it, the kid showed again today he can cut it at this level and a first goal for Johansen also. The ref today was as poor as I have seen a ref in many a game him and his linesman denied 2 goals and 2 penalties and a ton of 1 on 1’s for Celtic, but the 3 points came and we need only 4 now to win the league. We have Partick Thistle away on Wednesday then Ross County at home a week today
Celtic were far from brilliant today but with players missing and a few left out and some new faces getting a start we are in a position where Lenny is trying things but also trying to win games. He has every right to play Henderson but I did call into question leaving Ambrose out for Mulgrew to partner Van Dijk, Ambrose and Van Dijk been superb all season so for me we leave the defence as it is
1-0 came on 43 minutes when Henderson got the ball wide right played a superb through ball to Griffiths, Griffiths looked up and sent a superb cross into the box and there was my man of the match Johansen to power home a diving header, it wasn’t the best first half so a brilliant time to score and this sent us in 1-0 at the break
The second half Celtic were 10 times better, we kept the ball better we got the ball wider quicker and we were more patient also. But the ref and the stand side linesman were awful today. We should have had at least one penalty when the Saints goalie went through Griffiths and had 2 goals chopped off for off-side.
2-0 came and a brilliant goal worked by our 2 front men, Stokes got fed the ball a simple through ball to Griffiths and he slotted home at the back post for his 5th goal for Celtic. At 2-0 Lennon took off the impressive Henderson for Ambrose who nearly gifted Saints a goal with a shocking pass to Van Dijk on the penalty spot but the big Dutch man did well to get the ball cleared. Commons hit the post when he was fouled and Stokes had a goal chopped off for a challenge on Kello by Commons.
3-0 came on 90 minutes when Johansen fed Izzy who then slid Sammy into the box he looked up played it across the 18 yard line and there was Stokes to get a well deserved goal. This game won’t go down in history or even be remembered but Henderson got more game time and Johansen got his 1st goal and Griffiths is looking like the striker we needed
All in a good solid win and 3-0, this time next week we should be champions
TCN Reporter man of the Match: Stefan Johansen
Johansen Goal (Thanks to @CelticGoals)
Griffiths makes it 2-0 (Thanks to @CelticGoals)
Stokes makes it 3-0 with a superb finish (Thanks to @CelticGoals)