Going into this game 2-0 up it was important Celtic got the 1st goal, Stjarnan scored on 7 minutes through sloppy ball watching by Boyata allowing Finsen to slot home. 2-1 and a worrying next 10 minutes as they had another 2 chances. Thankfully after the first 15 minutes Celtic owned the game. Only when Ambrose came on for Lustig did his mistakes allow Stjarnan a few half chances, look back and Craig Gordon went crazy at Ambrose twice inside 1 minute and rightly so, lazy defender at times.
It took Celtic half an hour to break down the Stjarnan’s defense when Nir Bitton headed home a Mulgrew corner to make it 1-1 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate, the same 2 players combined in the 2nd half but Bitton was off-side, Mulgrew played really well tonight
Celtic were rampant at this stage and I didn’t see much at all from Ciftci, I have no idea what Ronny is thinking starting him ahead of Griffiths. This was a game where we were getting in behind them, Ciftci holds the ball up while Griffiths can turn and score and run in behind or get on the end of a cross, 2 different players for different games to be fair. Tonight Griffiths was more suited to the game, he proved this with his goal and 30 seconds after coming on scrapping the post with a shot, he did more in a 5 minutes that Ciftci did in his 80 minutes on the park. Hate to say these things, I hope he gets his goal and Ronny learns to use them for the right games, just my tactical opinions
Celtic should have been well ahead in the first half but had to wait till the 49th minutes to go ahead on the night, this was a sweet goal and strike, Celtic moved the ball well across the park, ball landed at Brown’s feet he simply rolled it in-front of Mulgrew who hammered the ball or passed it with power back across goal for 2-1 Celtic on the night, great goal and finally goals were coming
Celtic had many chances in the game but had to wait till the dying minutes of the game to get 2 more goals. First up was Griffiths, a good move led GMS to pass the ball wide to Mulgrew who threw a low pass/cross into the 6 yard line and Griffiths doesn’t miss these chances. 2 minutes into injury time, again GMS was involved as he got to the goal line and squared for Johansen to fire Celtic 4-1 ahead on the night for a final score of 6-1 on aggregate
Next up is a tricky tie in the 3rd Qualifying round of the Champions League against Azerbaijan Champions Qarabag <Click) This will be a difficult game, we are at home first and must win 3-0 at least and not lose a goal. We go in as favourites but we must start both these games better and not play Ambrose, sorry I just don’t trust the guy at right back.
TCN Match Reporter Man of the match – Charlie Mulgrew, was brilliant tonight, Izzy may be in trouble for his place but Ronny is comfy with this, he picks the best 11 he see’s
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