It was back to a familiar line up after Saturday’s match with Lyon with Brendan Rodgers making eight changes to the side. The only three that kept their place was Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham and Moussa Dembele.
The formation was changed with three at the back and a diamond in midfield. With Rogic just tucking in behind Dembele.
From the kick-off it was obvious that Linfield had came to Celtic Park to sit in and not be embrassed by the invincible treble winners. Though their defence block did not work for too long as Scott Sinclair struck to open the goalscoring just before five minutes.
Celtic had plenty of chances in the first-half but squandered most. For the most part Linfield were still playing with ten men behind the ball which Celtic coped easily with, playing some brilliant football with just no final product.
The second-half was very different mind you. Right away the Hoops lead was doubled after Tom Rogic scored an absolute beauty from around twenty-yards.
Ten minutes after this Sinclair was at it again being picked out in the box to smash the ball home. Sinclair was in terrific form and was unlucky not to bag a hat-trick after his spectacular effort from the edge of the box crashed off thd crossbar.
Celtic were given more chances but did not take them. Again though we did sed the aggresive anf despicable side of Linfield with some horrific challenges.
The victory was sealed in the ninetieth minute when Stuart Armstrong smashed the ball past Roy Carroll after a terrific run by Tom Rogic.
Brendan Rodgers spoke of his delight with the team performance and they can now read games. He said that the side that the games will get tougher but are ready for the challenge ahead.