SCOTTISH PREMERSHIP: SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER; ST JOHNSTONE 0 CELTIC 4 (SINCLAIR 28’, DEMBELE 72’, ANDERSON (OG) 75’, NTCHAM 89’)
Celtic set a new domestic record of 63 games unbeaten with a commanding victory against St Johnstone, as the record was set in style.
Perhaps surprisingly, Brendan Rodgers elected not to make any changes today, as the same team which played so well against Bayern Munich got the nod.
Celtic began the game on the front foot, and Clark in the St Johnstone goal was forced to make saves from Dembele and McGregor. Nice link-up play between Dembele and Sinclair almost put Sinclair through but the Saints managed to clear.
The goal was coming though, and it inevitably arrived in the 28th minute. A well-worked corner saw Armstrong hit the ball along the ground and Scott Sinclair arrived in the box to rifle the ball into the net, for his first goal in seven games.
Stuart Armstrong came close to adding the second goal soon after, with a lovey curling shot which Clark tipped around the post. McGregor then curled a shot just wide, as the first-half ended 1-0.
The second half started more slowly, until a Dembele header was cleared off the line by Comrie, then Paul ‘crap’ Paton really should have saw red for an elbow on Scott Brown, brother Robert Madden elected to show a yellow card instead.
The second Celtic goal which killed the game off was all about Moussa Dembele. who started the move on the halfway line, before Tierney played in Armstrong whose crossed was deftly finished by Dembele. A marvellous goal.
The third Celtic goal three minutes later was again all about Dembele, giving his man twisted blood then his cross into the six yard box was diverted into his own net by Steven Anderson.
Celtic ended the game in style, with another great team move leading to the fourth goal. Rogic, Sinclair and Dembele all involved before the ball was laid off to Celtic substitute on the edge of the box, whose shot found the bottom of the net. 4-0 to the Hoops.
At the final whistle, the players and fans celebrated a momentous feat, as Celtic had broken our own domestic unbeaten record first set 100 years ago.
The manager would be pleased not only with the record run, but with today’s performance, as the players showed few signs of fatigue after such an intense game on Tuesday night. Moussa Dembele in particular had a fine game, he is almost back to his best. It was good to see Scott Sinclair back on the scoresheet.
So Celtic head into the international break at the top of the league and record breakers. Hail Hail to the Bhoys!