Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Diary of a Treble Treble: October 2018

Thursday 4 October 2018
 
FC Salzburg 3-1 Celtic
 
The hills were alive with the sound of Celtic as the Scottish champions began the month with a visit to Salzburg, a side which Celtic had previously met during Ronny Deila’s first season in charge. It didn’t take long for the Hoops to take the lead with Odsonne Edouard scoring within the first two minutes of the match. For the majority of the first-half, Celtic frustrated Salzburg and went into the interval leading. However, it was the same old European away story for Brendan Rodgers’ men who then found themselves trailing by the hour mark.
 
Sunday 7 October 2018
 
St Johnstone 0-6 Celtic


 
Wow! After a couple of months of struggling in front of goal, Celtic completely blew the Saints away during the first half of the game, scoring five goals. James Forrest was absolutely tremendous and showed the qualities which he has as a footballer.

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Saturday 20 October 2018
 
Celtic 4-2 Hibernian
 
This was a very dominant performance over Neil Lennon’s side, with the Hoops being two up before the twenty-minute mark through Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham. The game was open for most parts, and it looked like game on when Hibs pulled one back just after the hour mark. Odsonne Edouard responded shortly after this but yet again so did Hibs. The match was eventually put out of sight when Callum McGregor picked out Edouard to bag a brace.
 
Thursday 25 October 2018
 
RB Leipzig 2-0 Celtic


 
My personal experience of this trip was not a great one, having missed a bus back to the hotel in Berlin. Celtic started the game fairly brightly after a goal-line clearance from Dedryck Boyata early on. The game was put out of reach within a five-minute spell when Leipzig pounced on Celtic’s poor defending to be ahead at the interval. Olivier Ntcham nearly scored a consolation goal for the Celts at the death, only to be denied by Landry Mvogo.
 
Sunday 28 October 2018
 
Heart of Midlothian 0-3 Celtic


 
The setting for this League Cup semi-final was at the alternative stadium of Murrayfield where Celtic were to take on Craig Levein’s Hearts side. The first-half was very frustrating with both sides struggling to make the breakthrough. A penalty was awarded to Celtic when substitute Ryan Christie was fouled. Scott Sinclair calmly slotted the ball away to give Rodgers’ side the lead in yet another cup game. This lead was doubled when Jambos keeper Zdenek Zlamal gifted James Forrest when he wasn’t able to stop a Ryan Christie effort. The midfielder would however make his mark on the game when he smashed the ball into the top right corner from outside the box to put the game well out of sight.
 
Wednesday 31 October 2018
 
Dundee 0-5 Celtic
 
There were to be no scares at Dens Park where Celtic absolutely demolished Dundee. Some of the football on this cold evening in the north east was exceptional and the Scottish champions could have easily scored more.  
 
Declan McConville

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