Celtic 2—0 Ross County.

John Hughes turned up at Parkhead as the new manager of Ross County. I’m sure we all wish him well, but just not tonight. Ross County recently put us out of what we used to call the league cup, beating us 2—0 at Parkhead. The league-cup defeat followed a familiar pattern. They played with a big striker, Ross Stuart, and ten men behind the ball. Nothing new here. Opposing teams have been turning up at Parkhead and doing it for years. What has been different is they have been coming and winning or drawing. Sunday’s penalty-shoot-out was a case in point. Hearts dropped back to their own box. Celtic scored two goals and at half-time, commentators were wondering how many more Celtic would score.

Here tonight we had a bog-standard boring Celtic victory. A goal in each half. Frimpong creating the first in 23 minutes by skinning the full back and cutting the ball back for Turnball to turn in. The former Motherwell man won man of the match. Griffiths who started the game, got our second in 61 minutes. He’d already spurned two one on ones with the keeper, but made up for it with a fantastic header from a Christie cross.

Being two ahead hasn’t been enough of a lead in too many recent matches. Lennon’s job was made easier by Duffy and Brown’s injuries. That meant Soro started and he was quietly efficient. Ajer gave up his right back role and went back into a central pairing with Jullien. Ajer had some fantastic runs and his passing was tremendous. His cross-field pass picked out Frimpong for the first goal. But Ajer isn’t a great centre half, nor is he a great full back. He’s just alright. Frimpong, similarly, is better at full back with space to run into than in a crowded midfield. But Frimpong isn’t a great defender. Conor Hazard retained the goalkeeping jersey, but looked less than convincing on Sunday. Here he didn’t have any saves of note to make. We seem to have spent five million quid on a dud, so it’s Hazard for now, but I’m convinced now that we need another keeper.

Edouard dropped deep for the ball and had a better game with Griffiths playing up front with him. He was substituted for Ajeti, who must be considered number three or four in the striking stakes. Bringing on substitutes of the calibre of Rogic, Ntcham and Mikey Johnson makes you wonder how we’ve been so shite recently. I wonder if Johnson has jumped ahead of Elyounoussi in the pecking order. I’m pretty sure we won’t win the league, but, obviously, I’m hoping for the miraculous. Rangers haven’t got better players than us, but they’re just doing better. A managerial change at this stage—well, I think it would be too late. Quadruple treble winners but it’s all so low. Winning games like this help.     

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