Celtic opened their season with a 3-0 win over Alashkert amidst the blistering heat in Armenia. Goals from Edouard, McGregor and Forrest give a crucial lead heading into the return leg at Celtic Park next Wednesday.
1. French Connection
Moussa and French Eddy started up front at the Republican Stadium in the hope that they’d forge a partnership. The heat and a tight back line proved hard to penetrate and the pair may have benefitted from better support; however combined well enough considering the premature nature of the campaign.
2. The sun-kissed hardcore
Some 150 Celtic fans made the journey to Yerevan in the hope to see Celtic kickstart their new European campaign. The fans were heard singing triumphantly as the Celtic team racked up a vital away victory.
3. Strength from the Bench
Lewis Morgan made a late cameo and gave a glimpse of what he is capable of – direct, quick and an eye for goal. Scotty Sinclair and Eboue Koussai made appearances from the bench and worked hard given their short stints on the pitch. Scott Allan, Ryan Christie and Anthony Ralston were unused subs along with Scott Bain proves the depth that we have going forward.
4. Homegrown talent
Celtic’s Academy Bhoys impressed in the 32oC heat as they tormented Alashkert all evening. McGregor, Forrest and KT performed admirably with both midfielders being rewarded with goals. The homegrown nucleus to the side is essential to what Brendan Rodgers is trying to achieve and these three are fundamental pillars in the team.
5. Brilliant for July
Celtic playing Champions League football when we have players involved in the World Cup in the same day is shocking. We won thankfully but it is an unacceptable situation and should not be repeated.