Celtic strengthened their grip on Scottish Premiership despite Scott Brown send off after late winner at Kilmarnock last weekend and this was acknowledged in song yesterday by The Celtic supporters in the Standing Section who chanted ‘Scott Brown won the League at Rugby Park,’ in praise of their suspended skipper.
If Celtic go on to win their eighth successive Scottish Premier League title in April, which looks highly probable now, last weekend’s game against Kilmarnock will be regarded by The Celtic support as being extremely crucial in that win.
And the Celtic captain Scott Brown’s name will be etched firmly in it. Broony was involved in every piece of action at Rugby Park last Sunday, and scored his second goal of the season, and then promptly got his first red card too.
The Scottish Premier League is shaping up for some good action in the next 2 months as Celtic is being chased from a distance of at least 8 points by the Rangers, followed by Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, with these two chasing the minor placings. If you are a diehard football fan, please note, the action won’t just stop in April as UEFA Champions League is also on the sports events calendar of 2019, with its final scheduled for 1 June this year.
Displayed aggression throughout
Getting back to that Kilmarnock game, the tone for the match had actually been set a day before on the Saturday itself when the Rangers drew against St Johnstone, and Aberdeen also had a fairly average outing, coming back twice from behind to manage only a draw against the bottom-placed St Mirren.
The motivation was all there for Celtic players as a win would have given them a good lead over the other teams at the top of the table. So they rightly went all out for it. Their aggression was well on display as Jeremy Toljan and James Forrest combined very well to assist Odsonne Edouard for a shot that narrowly missed the goal in the initial part of the game.
Edouard was in action once again, prompted by Ryan Christie, but Bachmann was able to block it fairly well, then gathering a rebound attempted by Forrest. On the other hand, Johnny Hayes, who had replaced the injured Emilio Izaguirre broke free from his role as a stand-in full back, threatening Kilmarnock with two wingers on the right, with Scotty Sinclair also contributing handsomely. The latter also attempted a dipping drive, which was collected comfortably by the goalkeeper.
The second half
Kilmarnock seemed like they will get away with a draw once the two teams went goalless into the interval. However, Celtic and Scott Brown had other ideas. The second half was very absorbing as things could have gone either ways until Broadfoot’s recklessly high swipe at Scott Brown, with 15 minutes still remaining in the game.
A bunch of switches were made by both the sides, including that of Timothy Weah coming off the Celtic bench. He made an amazing impact in the last minutes, sending a low angled shot which cannoned off the goalpost’s base. However, Brown had the last laugh in the final minute of regular time when he sent an explosive half volley into the goal which spun off Bruce’s hand, into the net. But the upshot was the second caution for the skipper, leading into the 4 minutes of injury time.
With a comfortable 8 points lead against second-placed Rangers, it can be safely said that the Premiership title is now Celtic’s to lose. And yesterday’s 4-1 win over Motherwell means that Celtic have taken another step closer to 8 in a Row.
Scott Brown, having now served his one match suspension for the red card at Rugby Park is now free to face Hearts on Wednesday night at Tynecastle. You never know, he might fancy another goal!