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Celtic Streets Ahead Of Filthy Foes

Discussion in 'TalkCeltic News' started by packybhoy, Sep 5, 2022.

By packybhoy on Sep 5, 2022 at 8:01 PM
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    Saturday 3rd September 2022. K.O. 12.30

    Celtic Park. Glasgow

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    CELTIC 4 - 0 RANGERS

    Scorers: Abada (8, 40) Jota (32) Turnbull (78)

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    Another day for you and me in Paradise. Always a buzz beating your biggest rival but to win it in style is the best feeling you get as a football fan and it was one of those days.

    Celtic once again were ruthless and hungry whilst the opposition looked absolutely clueless. Celtic won by four clear goals but it really could have been six and that brings us up to 38 games without a loss.

    Israeli Striker Abada was on the scoresheet again with a double, Jota and Turnbull grabbing the other two. It now leaves The Hoops with a five point gap over rangers in only six games and it’s hard to see this Green and white Juggernaut coming to a halt.

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    The game was only 4 minutes old when Celtic were robbed of service from Kyogo as he went down holding his shoulder and had to leave the game. It happened under a hefty challenge from Lundstrum in the first minute. Giakoumakis was given the nod.

    Celtic were playing with menace and with only 8 minutes on the clock, Jota was pressing Kent deep in rangers half on the left. Celtic won a throw and whilst Kent stood remonstrating with the ref O’Riley was already laying on Abada. The striker was positioned in the rangers box and rattled a shot that McLaughlin couldn’t stop as it rolled into the net for 1-0.

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    Rangers were showing frustration as they lunged into tackles and challenges and it should have been a penalty for Celtic in 14 minutes. Abada had broken into the box and Ryan Kent had a nibble from behind to upend the player. Referee Welsh didn’t see it as an infringement.

    A few minutes later Giakoumakis could have made it two but his glancing header went wide of the left post. Rangers had an effort when Barasic put in a great cross but Čolak half hearted put his header well wide of the Celtic goal.

    The second goal was a beautiful bit of skill by Jota with a goal that was strikingly similar to Abada’s third against Dundee United. As McLaughlin closed in on Jota, he lifted the ball up and over into the net to make it two and the atmosphere in the stadium exploded into bedlam.

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    On 40 minutes Taylor spotted O’Riley free in the rangers box and passed through. O’Riley lifted his head and passed to the incoming Liel Abada. He lashed the ball with venom and it shot straight through McLaughlin’s legs to make it three and easy.

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    Celtic understandably took their foot off the gas in the second half as the filth showed signs of improvement. They couldn’t have played any worse. Starfelt was lost to injury and was replaced by Jenz just before the hour mark. The big Swede was on a yellow card.

    Van Bronkhurst made his own changes with Arfield replacing Tillman and a standing ovation for the introduction of Morelos by every Celtic fan to a man. Imagine trying to deal with the embarrassment of rival fans cheering you onto play. Hilarious.

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    Twenty minutes to go and Arfield should have pulled a goal back but he fluffed his lines spectacularly. A glaring mistake by Joe Hart saw him pass to Arfield inside his own box. Arfield lost his nerve and blazed over to the derision of both sets of fans.

    Ange made a triple sub with Mooy, Maeda and Turnbull introduced in place of O’Riley, Abada and Hatate. These three players that were subbed are now an integral part of how Ange wants to play and they rarely disappoint.

    Up the other end and McLaughlin made a carbon copy of Hart’s mistake when he passed straight to Turnbull. Wee Davie made no mistake in burying the ball to make it four. McLaughlin strangely had two easier pass options on each side of him. When the bottle crashes nothing goes right.

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    GG had a chance to make it five but he struck wide with Sands putting on the pressure. Conor Goldson can thank the ref for staying on the park after he cynically stuck a leg in on Maeda as he was bursting through. He was given a Yellow but he also escaped an earlier booking when he intentionally elbowed Jota in the mouth.

    This was Celtic’s day and a game we were all confident of winning. That is the faith we have in Postecoglou and this team. We won at a canter and still had a few gears to go up. This is shaping up to be a cracking season and already a record breaking one and I believe we are on course for most goals scored in a campaign as well. Next up, Real Madrid.

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    MOTM: Matt O’Riley. Hard to see past this young lad at the minute as he is consistent in every game and plays with an older head on his shoulders. 9/10


    LINEUPS:

    Celtic: Hart, Juranvić, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Abada, Kyogo, Jota. Subs: Jenz, Giakoumakis, Hakšabonovic, Mooy, Turnbull, Siegrist, Maeda, Forrest, Ralston.

    Rangers: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barašić, Davis, Lundstrum, Tillman, Kamara, Kent, Čolak. Subs: McGregor, Yilmaz, Jack, Morelos, Wright, Sakala, Arfield, King, Devine.


    POSSESSION: Celtic 45% Rangers 55%

    SHOTS: Celtic 15 - 11 Rangers


    ON TARGET: Celtic 6 - 2 Rangers


    PASSES: Celtic 416 - 501 Rangers


    COMPLETION: Celtic 83% Rangers 85%




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