Celtic turned in a performance that was more like the team that has gone 41 domestic games without defeat, in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden yesterday.
The 2-0 scoreline flatters the new club, because in reality it could have been more, much more.
An excellent goal from Callum McGregor after 11 minutes, when he coolly side footed the ball past Fotheringham from 18 yards was just reward for the Bhoys, after dominating the early proceedings.
The Hoops were so much on top, the half-time stats showed Celtic didn’t commit a single foul in the first 45, while Sevco didn’t have a single shot on target during the same period. One way traffic from the champions.
With Moussa Dembele pulling a hamstring towards the end of the first half, Brendan put on a more than able replacement in Leigh Griffiths.
And it was Leigh who made the second goal, sprinting on to Paddy Roberts through ball, only to be cleaned out by Sevco full back Tavernier inside the box, for a stonewall penalty.
Scott Sinclair duly dispatched the ball behind Fotheringham to make it 2-0 and end the score for the day, and with it the dreams of those Sevconians who thought lightning might strike twice.
That was NEVER going to happen
So what can we take out of Sunday’s game. Here’s seven things that I took away from it…
- You have to hit a Celtic player with a hatchet to stand any chance of being sent-off. Halliday’s assault on Paddy Roberts would have got him a weekender if he did that on the street.
- Paddy Roberts has matured so much, and has the natural ability to rip defences to pieces.
- Callum McGregor is in Brendan Rodgers’ starting team on merit. His composure for the first goal was Messi like.
- Scott Brown is an outstanding leader of the team, on and off the park.
- Jozo and Dedryck are without doubt our best central defensive pairing. What a difference a year has made to big Boyata!
- Stuart Armstrong still has nice hair.
- The gap is as wide as we want it to be, on and off the park. Celtic strolled around the Hampden pitch bossing the game and upping the tempo when needed. If we keep our concentration and the officials don’t over com-bust, we’ll finish the season not only as Treble winners, but Invincibles.