Sunday, 22 September 2019
Celtic 3 (Edouard 44 & 53, Christie 57)
Kilmarnock 1 (Brophy 33)
A performance that, very much like the Glasgow weather, got better as the day went on. Most importantly, this resulted in the reigning champions returning to league duty with three points.
A poor mistake allowed Kilmarnock’s Eamonn Brophy to fire home a stunning strike to leave a blemish on what was otherwise a solid defensive performance.
Referee Greg Aitken was unconvincing to be polite and was certainly the panto villain for the Celtic supporters today.
Special mention to Fraser Forster’s penalty save, which effectively killed off the game.
Roll on Wednesday!
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An entertaining 90 minutes at Celtic Park saw Celtic come from behind to maintain our unbeaten start to the domestic season. The sides were level at half-time thanks to two fine finishes from Brophy and Edouard, but Celtic were more clinical in the second half and perhaps took their foot off the gas a bit early.
French Eddie grows in stature every time he takes the field and produced two fine goals in another man-of-the-match performance, although the through ball from Bauer for the second goal deserves special mention.
Another good penalty save from Forster stopped any potential late fightbacks, but the referee will be looking to have a better day at the office next time out.
This wasn’t a poor performance but we were slightly not on it. Slightly missing a spark and slightly misfiring. It was only slightly and, despite having chances and the majority of the ball in the first half, it was a relief to see James Forrest put in a perfect cross for Odsonne Edouard to score his first-ever goal with his head. It changed the half-time team talk, lightened the mood in the stadium and, from that moment, everything was alright.
There were some heavy legs and minds during the game but that is expected after a tough European week. Forrest and Bauer were excellent on the wings, with the latter playing a delicious ball to Edouard for our second goal. The game was meandering like an afternoon post-Sunday roast stroll when Killie were correctly awarded a penalty.
It’s great to have a goalkeeper who you believe can save spot-kicks and it’s even better when they do. The roar in the stadium that greeted that save says that we didn’t fancy a tetchy last five minutes. A great three points where our character shone through. That’s become a feature.
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