In over 40 years of watching Celtic, I’ve never witnessed a more composed and controlled performance across the city.
Brendan Rodgers’ team could EASILY have been five up at half-time yesterday, only for the woodwork, poor finishing and last gasp defending.
All week we were treated to a promise through the SMSM that, this week at Ibrokes, Sevco wouldn’t allow Celtic to play the way we did in the Scottish Cup semi-final last Sunday, when the Hoops won comfortably without breaking sweat.
No one thought to look beyond the rhetoric and ask how a team and manager so devoid of ideas at Hampden, could suddenly give a team, unbeaten domestically anything to worry about.
Somehow, Celtic were going to reverse roles, stand back and allow Sevco to play.
Boy were they mistaken. This Celtic team, under this manager, do not play second fiddle to no one. With captain Scott Brown leading, The Hoops set about taking control of the ball and the game from the kick-off.
Celtic were relentless, two goals up within 18 minutes, through a Scott Sinclair, penalty, and a Leigh Griffiths rocket, it was wave after wave of Celtic attacks.
Unfortunately for the Bhoys, the woodwork and really poor finishing, meant the score was only 2-0 to the Hoops at the interval. Would half-time see a change in fortunes?
Nope, for the second week running, Sevco never lay a glove on us.
The game as a contest, was over seven minutes into the second half, when Callum McGregor slotted home the Champions third goal in front of a delirious Celtic support.
This was a walk in the park, and the score would be what Celtic wanted it to be.
And midway through the second period, on form Dedryck Boyata, headed home from THREE yards after a Leigh Griffiths free-kick to make it 4-0 to the visitors.
At that point, the Hoops seemed to take it easy, and allowed Sevco a consolation goal, to cheer up the near empty stands around the ground.
That only served to anger the champions, and with minutes left, Mikeal Lustig won a loose ball thirty yards out, weaved past a couple of half heated challenges and slotted home from the edge of the box to make the score 5-1.
The humiliation was complete.
That signaled a massive party in the away end of the ground, accompanied by the players and staff as the reality of how easy the win at our so called nearest rivals was.
In his post match interview, Brendan said he was disappointed we didn’t score more goals. And he was right, it was five, going on ten, that is the reality of how far ahead of everyone this team is!