Celtic won their game on Saturday with a 2-0 home victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. This keeps the gap at four points and leaves the chance of closing the gap at the top of the table, before the next Old Firm derby a possibility for Celtic. Whilst this was not the greatest victory Celtic has ever had, positives must be taken from any victory especially one with a clean sheet.
The strikers linked up well, especially between Hooper and Stokes. Later in the game, Hooper came off due to injury and was replaced by Bangura who seemed promising. However, the goals came from the midfield which is a disappointment since it means the strikers failed to score in this game.
The midfield had a good game, particularly in terms of their striking ability with two good goals coming from Ledley and Forrest.
Ledley scored from just outside the penalty box in the 27th minute, whilst James Forrest scored from just inside the penalty area in the 32nd minute of the match.
Forrest remains a fast paced player who is quickly becoming a regular first team member, whilst Ledley has shown in this game that he is a good choice of midfield player by Lennon, showing a talent that was missing from the other midfielders in Celtic’s recent game against Rangers.
In terms of defence, there were some scares however the defence needs to be praised for keeping a clean sheet and avoiding any major mistakes resulting in goals for Inverness, which was a fear before the game began. However the defenders still need to improve, so that the opposition teams fail to get any chances, as well as preventing them scoring goals and a need to maintain this level of success against bigger teams, such as in European games and the derbies.
Credit in terms of defence also needs to be given to Fraser Forster who proved again why he is Lennon’s first choice goalkeeper. Fortunately he had a quiet game but had to work harder in the second half of the game, but he made good saves and kept a clean sheet. Just like the defence, he needs to ensure that this quality of play is kept in bigger games, however unlike the defenders; Forster did not make any silly mistakes that opposition could take advantage of.
Celtic need to achieve a victory in Europe in their next game, and a clean sheet would be very welcome in the game against Udinese. After that, Celtic have a game against Hearts and it is important to continue the success in the league in that game.