Thursday’s 3-2 win against Ferencvaros wasn’t a fair reflection of Celtic’s overall superiority. The same team started today at Dundee, with a similar result. Nobody bothers talking about Leigh Griffiths (or Albian Ajeti) now. Seventy minutes gone against the Hungarians and we brought on a completely different forward line. We did much the same today. That’s progress.
Jota, after his midweek exploits, underlined his value to the team with the opening goal in eight minutes (which was really six minutes, because for some reason Celtic fans flung tennis balls onto the pitch and stopped the game before it had really started). Tony Ralston’s shot had hit a Dundee defender and the ball hit the post. Jota was there to follow in and hoist the ball into the net.
Kyoga was rested against Livingston and scored a double today. His first, and Celtic’s second, after peeling away from his marker, after nineteen minutes. Even twenty minutes in it looked like game over.
Dundee brought themselves back into a game that Celtic dominated, with around eighty-percent possession, with their first attack on twenty-three minutes. Mullen and McMullen combined to make mugs of the Celtic defence, who once again failed to defend from a cross ball. McMullen scoring from close in with a header, and becoming entangled with Josip Juranovic in the net, with both players being booked.
Celtic had thirteen corners, nine in the first-half. As Sutton pointed out, we simply don’t score enough with that advantage. Carter-Vickers came closest in thirty-six minutes with a free header from six yards. Legzdins palmed the ball that hit him over the bar. On the cusp of half-time, Welsh missed a sitter. Unmarked, six yards out, with a free header, he guided it past the post.
Celtic’s half-time lead did not reflect their superiority. Other half-chances, such as Abada looking to play in Kyogo on two occasions, just didn’t come off.
A quick-fire double at the beginning of the second-half should have finished the game. Ralston once again the provider, and Jota once again the scorer from an awkward angle.
Two-minutes later, Jota the provider and Kyogo the scorer. The Japanese forward hitting the ball first time and placing it into the corner of the net. He took a bit of a knock from Sweeney and minutes later and was substituted.
Our defence once more showed its vulnerability. The other side of the Sutton equation: eight out of nine goals in the Scottish Premier League conceded from cross balls. Juranovic steps aside as Joe Hart comes out to punch a looping cross. The former England keeper has been a big plus, but made a complete hash of it here, it almost counted as an assist as Ashcroft headed into an empty net to make it 4—2 with fifteen minutes remaining.
Celtic went from us wondering how many they would score—to seeing it out. Man-of- the-match Jota was unlucky not to score with a solo effort before being substituted. Giakoumakis had a couple of chances, one from a Forrest cut-back from which the Greek striker chipped over the bar, when he really should have been scoring. But Jota and Kyogo had done enough to guarantee us a deserved away win, but should have been a more comfortable but for very poor defending.