‘On this form we should have a go at beating Leipzig,’ David Potter

Celtic 4 Hibs 2

This was a superb game of football from which both teams emerge with great credit. I have often felt that Celtic v Hibs is the best combination in Scottish football if you want to see fast, attacking, entertaining football and today was no exception to the general rule. There was seldom a dull moment, and although I don’t think Hibs will win the Scottish Premiership, they certainly have the capacity to inflict a great deal of damage on all the challengers, Celtic included.

But for Celtic, this was a continuation of the good play shown at Perth two weeks ago. There were mistakes – Dedryck Boyata didn’t look too clever at the first goal, and Mikael Lustig looked a bit on the slow side at the second, but they both made up for it in the rest of the game.

My Man of The Match was Filip Benkovic, and I hope we can hold on to him until the end of the season at least, but no-one played really badly. The two second half goals were brilliantly made by James Forrest and Callum McGregor, and the two first half goals were well engineered as well.

I thought Tom Rogic tired a little in the second half, and Brendan was right to substitute him when he did, and one hopes that Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown will be fit and available for next week.

We missed quite a few chances – hitting the post at least three times by my calculation, and often we had sheer bad luck. But it was a recognisable Celtic performance with the emphasis on good, attacking football, and the crowd (an almost capacity one) loved it! A good win and three good points.

The referee, Don Robertson, was a bit severe with his two early bookings, but after that was in complete control and called most things correctly.

Oh thank heaven for a good game of football, and that the “International break” nonsense is over for a while!

We now face two difficult games at Leipzig and Murrayfield. On this form, we should have few qualms about Hearts, but I really do hope that we have a “go” at Leipzig. Time and time again, we have seen that we cannot defend in Europe.

Therefore if we sit back and wait for something to happen, it will – and we won’t like it. It is surely worth changing our outlook. No-one will convince me that Leipzig (or Salzburg either for that matter) are unbeatable. Let’s have, for once, a performance in Europe that we can be happy about!

David Potter

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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