THE BIG STORY: Celtic cruised into the Betfred Cup quarter final after defeating Kilmarnock 5-0 at Celtic Park last night, with captain for the night Kieran Tierney stealing the headlines with a wonder goal.
As expected Brendan Rodgers made plenty of changes, with the back four having the unfamiliar look of Calvin Miller, Kristoffer Ajer, Kieran Tierney and Anthony Ralston. But some regulars were involved, and in the 14th minute Leigh Griffiths gave Celtic the lead from the penalty spot after Jonny Hayes was fouled.
1-0 v Kilmarnock pic.twitter.com/S6L57x6dxM— goal for celtic (@goalforceltic) August 8, 2017
The second goal arrived seven minutes later, Anthony Ralston heading home his first Celtic goal from a Griffiths corner.
2-0 v kilmarnock pic.twitter.com/zfxDaft2tR— goal for celtic (@goalforceltic) August 8, 2017
In the 29th minute it was 3-0, Tierney’s ball putting Griffiths through on goal and he didn’t miss.
3-0 v kilmarnock pic.twitter.com/vMD4Bnbfa1— goal for celtic (@goalforceltic) August 8, 2017
Then in the 65th minute came the moment of the game, as Kieran Tierney found the net with a long range effort from almost forty yards, a truly incredible goal.
4-0 v kilmarnock pic.twitter.com/m44YaGrAfu— goal for celtic (@goalforceltic) August 8, 2017
The final goal arrived six minutes later, as Stuart Armstrong made it 5-0 getting on the end of a Ralston cross.
5-0 v kilmarnock pic.twitter.com/LDVBZ1SkyB— goal for celtic (@goalforceltic) August 8, 2017
Unsurprisingly Brendan Rodgers was absolutely delighted with the performance, particularly by the younger players involved, and earmarked Kieran Tierney as a future Celtic captain.
OTHER NEWS: As speculation continues about Patrick Roberts’ return to Celtic, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he would ‘love’ to bring the player back, but has refused to confirm or deny if talks have taken place. Watch this space...
GIGPOD have released their latest episode with former Celt Alan Stubbs, and you can listen to the episode here.
ON THIS DAY: In 2015, Celtic defeated Partick Thistle 2-0 at Firhill, with a trademark fabulous finish from Tom Rogic and a Kris Commons goal securing the three points.