Celtic 6-0 Ross County
Phew,what a scorcher! I really envy the near capacity crowd at Celtic Park who witnessed that display on Saturday. We ruthlessly tore a decent side to shreds with possibly our best display of the season so far. This was a six goal thrashing which flattered the victims,for once! In fact,Ross County could hardly have complained if we had hit double figures-and that was only by half time. Over twenty attempts at goal in the first half and only some stunning saves and the woodwork kept the score down to a miserly one.
It was a peach of a goal though. Jeremie Frimpong,making his league debut for the club following his impressive display against Partick Thistle in the League Cup,cut inside from the halfway line and played the ball to Eddy. A beautiful touch from him to the returning Tom Rogic took it to Mohammed Elyounoussi on the left. He cut inside and buried it low to the keeper’s left.
Four minutes,one up,looking good! And we looked good for another one anytime soon as we remorselessly threw everything at the away goal. Our entire front line seemed intent on getting on the scoresheet,with Eddy to the fore. That defence will be having nightmares about him for weeks,one particular mazy run and shot deserved so much better than a superb block by the keeper,having earlier seen one cleared off the line and another blocked-possibly by a hand,tough to tell-by a defender. In between,James Forrest had one of his trademark curlers with the outside of the right foot brilliantly saved by the keeper.
Christopher Jullien saw another effort cleared off the line-did I mention that even our corners were impressive?-while CalMac saw his left foot snap shot bounce back off the face of the post. Eddy then had another three or four goes and even Boli tried to show the strikers how it was done. To no avail though as we failed-somehow-to add to our tally before half time.
Different story after the break though. Despite having far fewer attempts at goal,we scored five-with four of them coming in the first ten minutes. I hope nobody was stuck in the queues for the half time pies! First up was I Wanna. A change of luck for him as a rare error from the defence gave him a clear sight of goal,one on one. He was never gonna miss that one as he coolly struck it home. Next,some lovely stuff from Broonie and Forrest saw the ball played by Eddy inside to the onrushing CalMac. No mistake this time from our man as he made it three.
We had barely got our breath back before the fourth one arrived. Frimpong left his marker with twisted blood on the byline as he cut it back to Forrest to lift across goal to the waiting Eddy. The keeper got a touch to it,but neither that nor an attempted clearance by a defender were enough to stop it.
Unbelievably the next chance fell to Ross County! It was a good one too,and needed a fine block from Fraser Forster to preserve the clean sheet. Undeterred,Celtic hit attack mode again,with Frimpong again working his magic,cutting the ball back to Forrest to place into the net. Four goals in ten minutes,everyone a cracker. Talk about getting your money’s worth!
Presumably with Thursday night’s visit from Lazio in mind,Neil Lennon took off Eddy and replaced him with Vakoun Bayo. And he had a huge hand in the sixth,cutting the ball back across goal for Boli to miscue. Unfortunately for County,he miscued it straight to Mo who adjusted his feet to get the shot away first time. And Bayo himself could have got on the scoresheet a few minutes later but his first touch on to a through ball wasn’t the best,the keeper easily blocking his shot following an incredible pass from Big Tam.
Overall,a very good day at the office-can we have more of them,please? An interesting wee stat for you-seven of our finishing eleven weren’t even at the club last season and two of the other four-Nir Bitton and Big Tam-are just back after injury. From someone who has been boring you all rigid with my pleas to Lenny to rotate the squad,you certainly won’t hear any complaints from me. I don’t think there would have been any complaints from the fans on the way home from that match either. Excellent stuff,Celtic.
My Man of the Match award goes to I Wanna. He must be a nightmare to play against when he’s in this type of mood. I’m fairly certain that we have no chance of holding onto him long-term but a wage rise and an extension to his contract seem to be a priority,for me at least. Honourable mentions to everyone else-especially Jeremie Frimpong. On a day when we had no passengers to carry,he showed he has the potential to be a major player for us.
Next up is Lazio. I’ve never seen them play us before so fingers crossed we can carry our form over. Hopefully their keeper won’t be pushing for Man of the match as the County one did on Saturday!
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