Celtic glide past Saints needing 4 points for League title “GOALS”

Johansen diving header from Griffiths cross and 1-0
Johansen diving header from Griffiths cross and 1-0

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.

Griffith slides the ball past Kello for 2-0, great goal
Griffith slides the ball past Kello for 2-0, great goal

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

HH

Shaun

 

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)

Comments

  1. Hi Shaun

    I have been really busy of late so have not been able to comment. I have still been reading the blogs and thank you for your match summaries each week.

    I have only seen the first half so far but hope to watch the rest later tonight. I have to say that St. Mirren gave us a run for our money in that first forty five even though we had a few chances. If they had just been a bit more composed and capable in the last 20 yards, we could have received an unexpected fright or two. As it stood, by half time any hint of danger was snuffed out by St. Mirren’s abysmal finishing. I guess that can be the difference in quality that counts in the end given the well worked and clinical end to the move that brought the team’s first in the game and Johansen’s first ever goal.

    I have only heard the commentary on the second half but by all accounts we started to eave St. Mirren huffing and puffing and lucky not to be slaughtered. That can be the worry in games where the first half performance carries on into the full ninety minutes. The lack of that killer touch has been a self inflicted fatal wound on more than one occasion this season, particularly against Aberdeen. Yesterday, I suppose the gulf was so wide a lorry load of misses could have gone through and still left us well home and dry.

    There have been good signs over the past few weeks of standards that come from a team that is gelling and confident. The worry is that summer transfers will disrupt it all again and that that could be the trend for a very long time to come. What is encouraging though, is the definite upsurge in competitive football if not against us for the moment then certainly throughout the rest of the SPL. I said at the time that Armageddon could, if not would be the very doorway to a better league. I see nothing to prove me wrong, the opposite in fact.

    Thanks again.

    H H
    Arthur

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