Opinion: Celtic Must Start With The Same Team Next Week

Without going into detail about the season we’ve witnessed, it was enjoyable to see Celtic turn in their best performance of the campaign this afternoon. After a relatively slow start to the game, the latter stages of the first half resulted in a couple of well taken goals, before the second half onslaught showed what this team is still capable of.

Pleasing in its own right, today’s performance showed beyond doubt what our best XI is at present. Ryan Christie dropped to the bench as James Forrest and Moi Elyounoussi both started. The pair were exceptional and it was no surprise to see them shortlisted for the Celtic TV man of the match award. They made brilliant runs beyond Edouard at times, whilst David Turnbull provided his usual threat from central midfield.

Photo: Jeff Holmes

It was worrying to see James Forrest go down with an injury. It’s essential that he starts next week if fit. Not only have Celtic missed his qualities on the wing, but it also means that his presence in the side will likely be in place of Christie, which (no disrespect to Christie) suits the balance of the Celtic team better. Indeed, natural width is provided with Elyounoussi and Forrest, and the midfield three of McGregor, Brown and Turnbull suits our game.

Beyond finding our best XI ahead of the Scottish Cup match next week, today also saw Celtic discover their mojo in front of goal. We haven’t been clinical enough at times this season, particularly in the last two Glasgow derbies. That issue was evidenced last weekend when Celtic scored three goals from 43 attempts.

Therefore, it’s a great confidence boost for the Bhoys to rack up six goals today and we should go into next week with our sights set on victory. Regardless of the huge difference between the clubs this season, Celtic have the players to pull off victory on any given day.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

1 Comment

  1. The cynic in me is saying that it’s very convenient for the sfa to discuss postponing the game next week due to old tiger killer Mr Glucksburg passing away the other day. Especially as we’re on a wee role and that wouldn’t do. But maybe it’s just the cynic……