BMG v CFC – Ratings Time!
Hector steps up to the plate and delivers his review of the Celtic players and Oor Brendans performance in Germany…
Gordon 6 – Made one decent save in the first half and a near post save in the second. No chance with goal. Didn’t actually have a lot to do!
Gamboa 6 – Burst a lung to get up and down the right flank. Has a habit of blootering the ball as far up the field as possible when under pressure! Very early days in his Celtic career and as history has shown us, new players, especially foreign lads need a bit of patience and some time to settle in.
Izzy 6 – Defensive weakness exposed when he never picked up the BMG player who put in the cross for their goal. This is one area Tierney is far superior. However, knuckled down and put in a decent performance down the left flank.
Lustig aka #Tache 6 – Had a lot of possession as BMG dropped deep and worked well with his backline and midfield to take the sting out of the game. Was solid if unspectacular and other than an opening five mins didn’t really see a BMG storm!
Sviatchenko 6 – Pretty similar to #Tache although did have the added challenge of picking up 8ft 9 BMG defender at set pieces
Armstrong 6 – Gave the ball away a few times and seemed to slip more than most! Great learning experience for this guy who will come on leaps and bounds from this game. His energy to support the attack and defence exposed the weakness of Bitton and shows what Armstrong can bring to the team. Much more to come from this lad IN CENTRAL MIDFIELD.
Brown 9 POTM – IMMENSE. Have you ever seen a transformation in a player as what we have witnessed with Scott Brown in the past handful of months? I haven’t! I thought his best days were gone but a case can easily be made that we are now watching the best football we have EVER seen from Scott Brown in his Celtic career. We all know about Broony’s strengths…energy, workrate, tackling, winding people up! What we are seeing now is very different. His awareness in finding space for a pass and dropping deep into centre back defensively. His touch, technique and passing is now that of a top quality footballer. Long live the Fife Xavi!
Broony Stats: ( courtesy of WhoScored.com)
Passing Stats: ( PS : Pass Success, AccLB : Accurate Long Ball, AccSP : Accurate Short Pass etc)
Rogic 6 – One of our better players in the first half. Always made himself available and retained possession well. As ever though, completely fell out of the game around the hour mark. Needs an oxygen tank strapped onto his back at half time!
Forrest 6 – Didn’t offer a great deal offensively bar one good run early in the second half. What he does do well and possibly goes unnoticed is offers very good defensive protection down the right flank. Which is needed against very good teams.
Sinclair 7 – So unlucky when a wonderful curling effort hit the inside of the post. Was always available for a pass but didn’t receive the ball often enough for my liking. Links up really well with Dembele and created a good chance for the big striker just before we equalised. A quality footballer.
Dembele 8 – Baws of steel! £40m you say….aye, what about the other leg! This lad is 20…Yes…20. just let that sink in as you see him scare the life out of champions league opponents. Won the penalty and showed wonderful character (I was shiteing it!) when he coolly slotted the ball into the net. Had another shot saved after he turned the defender and then bullied the life out of their defender on the halfway line only for the ref to inexplicably award a foul when he would have powered through on goal.
Manager 8 – Took lessons learned from the first game and made good tactical changes…that’s all we ask! Had 7, yes SEVEN of our players pressing BMG on their penalty box throughout but also sat deep when required. Brendan is just in the door and he’s transformed the team. Just wait until he improves the team every transfer and watch us go in the next few years. It’s going to be a great time.