Celtic 3 – Hearts 2
After a relaxing week, bathing in another clubs tears, Angeball was back in our lives at Celtic
Park in the League Cup.
Hearts were the latest mob to feel the attacking force of a revitalised Celtic.
The surprise for most before the game, was that Odsonne Edouard was selected up front. Personally, I was buzzing to see a front three of Edouard, Kyogo and Forrest.
They didn’t disappoint. From the first whistle it was wave after wave of Celtic attacks. Around 10 minutes in, Kyogo went through the back of Andy Halliday who would get hooked off at half time) on the edge of the Hearts box and Celtic Park offered up a full rendition of Roll Of Honour. You could tell it was gonna be a good day.
Edouard broke the deadlock after another sweeping move. Kyogo’s pin point ‘pass, with the outside of the foot, out to Forrest on the right was sublime. Forrest sees the run from Edouard and times the pass perfectly for him to gleefully slot it home.
I’ve heard and read a lot about Odsonne Edouard being lazy and uninterested. Utter nonsense in my opinion. Yes the guy has been off form, unfit, frustrating but to say he’s lazy and uninterested is complete dross. Funny, I’ve heard it said about Ntcham, Boyata even Van Dijk in recent years.
The second goal came when Kyogo and Edouard switched on and took a quick short corner. Stephen Welsh clocked it as he was coming in to the box, timed his run to perfection and smashed a header down past Craig Gordon from Edouard’s cross.
I’m sure we were all delighted for the big man who has given us everything. To see him celebrating at the North Curve, clutching the badge and loving it, was a beautiful sight.
The second half started as the first half had been but Hearts grabbed a goal back from the penalty spot. Carl Starfeltd made an error and it affected him for a good ten minutes after. To be fair to the big man, he had been positionally sound throughout the game.
Celtic replied quickly. A lovely through ball by Tam Rogic, who was outstanding on the day, met the run of Kyogo who cracked it past Craig Gordon and in off the front post.
It was no more than he deserved. Once again his energy and work rate were unbelievable. His running off the ball must be a joy for midfielders to work with.
Going back to Tam Rogic. He got the stadium Man Of The Match. Its brilliant to see him in full flow again, I suppose we all doubted if we ever would.
The midfield 3, the front 3 and the inverted full backs are swarming over teams with such energy, its fantastic watch.
In 74 minutes James McCarthy of the Glasgow Irish diaspora made his long awaited debut for Celtic. McCarthy is a
class act and I fully expect him to be immense for us this season.
The game petered out a wee bit after that. Big Ange made a few changes. Hearts grabbed another goal at the death with the aid of a deflection but I never felt in any danger at any point in the game. We had a two goal cushion, Ange made the changes.
The 3-2 final score flattered Hearts. Another breath taking display at times from Celtic. The first 45 minutes was sensation, after the match Big Ange reckoned that is the best we have played.
It’s imperative that pressure is kept on the board to back this man. We can all see what’s happening here and there’s a chance we could be onto something spectacular. There can be no excuses from the PLC after last seasons mismanagement and collapse.
So it’s on to AZ Alkmaar on Wednesday. A tough test no doubt but it will need to be some team to stop us from scoring goals.