Jota and Turnbull grabbed the goals either side of the break as Celtic ran out comfortable winners at Fir Park on Saturday.
Here’s three takeaways from the weekend’s win.
Impressive Clean Sheet
Celtic’s much maligned defence put in a solid performance and recorded a morale boosting clean sheet. Ralston was impressive at full-back and was in the right place at the right time early on to clear a dangerous Tony Watt and keep the scores level. Starfelt and Carter-Vickers were rarely troubled through the middle but kept things simple and won their aerial duels throughout while Bolingoli, making only his second appearance of the season, was quietly effective on the left and provided an attacking threat too, playing a key role in Turnbull’s clincher. Stiffer tests will come but this was a step in the right direction for a defensive unit which has looked short on confidence this season.
Abada-Day at the Office
Liel Abada has undoubtedly been one of the success stories of Celtic’s campaign so far but followed up a poor performance at Pittodrie with another disappointing display on Saturday. Despite getting into several threatening positions, particularly in the first-half, his final ball was lacking, much to the frustration of the away support. Abada has been a mainstay for the Bhoys since making his debut against Midtjylland and is perhaps showing signs of fatigue in recent weeks. The return of both Johnston and Forrest in the next month should give Postecoglou the chance to rotate the squad and provide a much-needed rest for the Israeli winger.
Celtic’s midfield three was on top form, with each man making valuable contributions as the Hoops dominated the engine room at Fir Park. Collecting the ball from deep, McGregor was the catalyst for much of Celtic’s attacking play, while Rogic shrugged off any lingering jet lag to assist Jota for the opener, before Turnbull sealed the win with a stunning long-range strike. The Hoops have been guilty of struggling against physical opponents this season, but the men in the middle showed plenty of hunger for the fight as they overpowered the Steelmen from the start.