Monday, October 3, 2022

Celtic Players Rated And Slated in Their Victory Over Anderlecht: Griffiths Stars

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Adam Stenning
Adam is the Brighton Correspondent here at The 4th Official. He is a 21-year old Sports Journalism graduate. He is not only passionate about football but also has a keen interest in cricket, tennis and Formula 1.

Celtic carried their good form from the Scottish Premier League into the Champions League with a 3-0 win away at Anderlecht. Below are Celtic’s player ratings in their comfortable victory

Craig Gordon (7)- Bad clearance in the 14th minute but Anderlecht did not take advantage of it. Good save straight after Celtic scored to deny Anderlecht captain Hanni. A good save to deny Hanni against just after half time. Another good save diving to his right, to deny the Anderlecht striker.

Mikael Lustig (7)- Great 50 yard pass over the top of the defence to Leigh Griffiths but it wasn’t his greatest touch. Another good pass over the defence to Griffiths but his first touch lets him down again. In the second half, he used his body to defend well in the box and win a free kick.

Dedryck Boyata (6)- Was very calm and composed on the ball at the back. He made a nice little run and pass in behind the Anderlecht defence in the 24th minute.

Jozo Simunovic (6)- The defender made some good interceptions and tackles in the first half. He then made some good clearances in the second half to help thwart Anderlecht.

Kieran Tierney (7)- Got into some good attacking positions on the left flank in the first 20 minutes. A good run down the left by the fullback and a great cross to pick out Griffiths to tap in to make it 1-0  to Celtic. Made a good run onto the edge of the box and played a nice pass to Patrick Roberts.

Oliver Ntcham (7)- A poor tackle five minutes in, a bit late on the Anderlecht striker. Another late tackle on eight minutes led to him giving away a free kick in a good position but Anderlecht made a mess of it. Great pass inside of the right back to find Tierney on the left wing for Celtic’s goal. Good tackle in the second half to rob Anderlecht in a promising attack.

Scott Brown (6)-  Brown got involved in the midfield and made a couple of nice tackles in the first half. Substituted in the 69th minute due to injury and he is replaced by Nir Bitton.

Tomas Rogic (5)- Hardly got the ball in the first half but was trying to get involved in the midfield. Substituted in the 64th minute for Callum McGregor.

Patrick Roberts (7)- In the first half, he made a run towards the box but his touch let him down. In the second half, he pounced on a defensive mistake and his curled effort was deflected into the bottom corner. Had a turn and shot in the 60th minute but put it wide after a great pass from Tierney. Came off in the 77th minute and was replaced by James Forrest

Scott Sinclair (7)- Made some nice runs in behind and harried the defence well in the first 25 minutes. A Good 20 yard run down the left flank but the Anderlecht defence managed to clear it away. Pounced on a poor defensive mistake and slotted into the top left-hand corner to make it 3-0

Leigh Griffiths (8)- A couple of nice runs and got on the end of good passes in the first 13 minutes but his touch let him down. Got on the end of Tierney’s cross and tapped in unmarked at the back stick in the 37th minute. Good run to get in behind the Anderlecht defence and play in Callum McGregor whose first touch let him down.

Substitutes:

Callum McGregor (6)- Came on in the 64th minute, replacing Rogic. Had a wonderful chance with 20 minutes to go but after being played in by Griffiths but he tripped over the ball.

Nir Bitton (5)– Came on in the 69th minute for the injured captain, Brown.

James Forrest (N/A)– Came on in the 77th minute for goalscorer Roberts.

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