Celtic v Astana - The Ratings

Celtic v Astana – The Ratings

Gordon
The game that may finally end the Gordon dominance of the Number 1 position for Celtic. Perhaps its been lack of competition but Craig is showing very poor judgement at times and may soon be getting nervous when the team sheets are announced. A manic game tonight witb a crazy jump in no mans land and a mad header straight into Astana 40 yard lob heaven.
The Pressure is on..which might just be what Craig actually needs. (3)

Tierney
Seemed slightly nervous in first half but gradually found his feet and gave a good contribution..especially winning the 1st penalty. Some nice overlaps in 2nd half and our young prince will need some protection through this season as all those heavy tackles may take their toll. (6)

Lustig
Partnered well at the back with young OConnell and led by example in every tackle including a brave attempt at a possible winner near the end. (6)

O’Connell
A calm and firm giant at the back in 1st half..arguably our best player in opening 45. Quieter 2nd period but kept it safe and sound and will learn well under seasoned Pros like Toure. (6)

Janko
Powered up and down the whole game and never hid despite a few mistakes and lost balls. Deserves a bigger chance on this effort and will improve further with more time to develop on pitch understanding with team-mates (6)

Roberts
Quiet 10 minutes with a man marker snd then dazzled with some runs. Sadly the hamstring alarm then went off and so did Roberts (3) – subbed for Johansen

Armstrong
Lot of huff and puff but this juror at least is still out on Armstrong. Lacked real direction or drive in key areas and needs to really up his game to stay in the side on this showing (5) – subbed for Toure

McGregor
Cant recall a single touch in the first half and sadly second half wasnt any more impressive. May seem harsh but when needed..the young midfielders were lacking tonight (4)

Brown
See…thats Scott Brown!!. Brilliant showing..hassled them and drove our team foward whilst also covering at the back. Played the Captains role perfectly and if he can avoid injury and suspension then this could be one helluva season for our Broony (8)

Forrest
Made a few runs down left side before switching to replace the departed Roberts. Put a good shift in but not many attacking opportunities bar 1 shot high in 2nd half(5) – Subbed for Dembele

Griffiths
First touch was a rocket shot that just went wide and the rest of 1st half of the game was passing him by with Astana sitting deep. Then he duly slotted home the penalty to give us the lead. 2nd half immediately started with a miss that should have seen the game out of sight but the head never went down and Leigh ran front line and also the right hand side well in 2nd half before that lovely moment when he handed the ball to Dembele (7)

SUBS

Toure
Given his first 30 mins to calmly help see the game out at 1-0..?.30 secs later and Astana scored and it was panic time in Celtic Park. Thankfully Toure handled all that was thrown at him and his calm head may prove vital over the next 9 months. (4)

Johansen
Another huff and puff display from a Celtic midfielder. Needs to find that box to box engine and his scoring touch asap if he wants a future in the Hoops under Brendan (4)

Dembele
Like a young Emile Heskey in physique..Dembele struggled to make an impact at first after coming on but what a way to finish his game. Super Moussa calmly made and won the second penalty and while fans panicked..he was ice cool and slotted home his debut goal. Glorious stuff. (6)

MANAGERn
Rodgers
Loads of questions for him to ponder for next qualifier but fair play tonight on a good win. After being forced into 1 early substitution and a change of game plan, Rodgers found a way to win and his substitutions made the difference..which was good to see from a fans perspective (6)