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The Best & Worst Celtic FC Players Rated Out Of 10 In Their Defeat Vs Bayern Munich

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Celtic FC, the Scottish heavyweights, registered a massive Champions League win against Anderlecht in their previous gameweek and were upbeat ahead of their trip to Allianz Arena in order to contest mighty Bayern Munich who went through a managerial conundrum in recent weeks as Jupp Heynckes was appointed as their new boss replacing Carlo Ancelotti. Brendan Rodgers, the Hoops gaffer, has done a commendable job so far since his appointment last year and was focusing on a better European run to add to their domestic supremacy. The game, however, proved to be s cakewalk for the hosts who registered a comfortable 3-0 win against Celtic FC.

The Best & Worst Celtic FC Players Rated Out Of 10 In Their Defeat Vs Bayern Munich

Craig Gordon: 5

Was unlucky as he saved Robert Lewandowski’s header but Thomas Muller made no mistake in scoring from the rebound. Made a few decent stops but could have done little to stop Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels’ header that ended up in the back of the net. The custodian looked nervy at times with his passing that almost caused further misery for his side in the second half. He, however, pulled off a point-blank save to deny Muller in closing seconds of the game.

Christian Gamboa: 5.5

Struggled against Kingsley Coman’s pace, directness, cut insides, and crosses. Mostly spent his time defending deep. Saved Robben’s header off the line in the second half.

Mikael Lustig: 6

Lustig played in a makeshift centre-back role, struggled aerially against Lewandowski, but made a few crucial blocks and tackles that saved his side from further humiliation.

Dedryck Boyata: 5

Poor at marking and positioning. Bayern Munich players were often left unmarked from set-pieces. Struggled in front of Lewandowski, Muller and Arjen Robben.

Kieran Tierney: 6

Known for his attacking intent but the youngster mostly concentrated in his defensive duties as he had to compete against the likes of Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich down the left-hand flank. Made a few overlap runs in the second half and one of his strikes was denied by Ulreich who got a fingertip to the ball to turn it onto the post.

Scott Brown: 4.5

The skipper was nervy while passing the ball, lacked composure in the middle of the park and failed to combat and win possession for his side against a world-class Bayern Munich midfield.

Olivier Ntcham: 5

The youngster too was easily dispossessed at times and despite trying hard to contribute in attacking third, the player failed to make any noteworthy contribution.

Patrick Roberts: 5.5

Roberts did not have many opportunities to constitute attacking threats down the right-hand flank. He made some impressive runs which, unfortunately, were wasted due to lack of support. Was replaced by James Forrest late in the game.

Stuart Armstrong: 5

Armstrong mostly spent his time in a deeper midfield role due to constant attacking threats of their opponents and did not offer much offensively. Was taken off and replaced by Tom Rogic in the second half.

Scott Sinclair: 6.5

Made some counter-attacking threats using his pace down the left wing and tested the custodian late in the game with a decent effort. Was unlucky as his fine finish was ruled out for being fractionally offside.

Leigh Griffiths: 5

Was mostly isolated due to lack of support from behind and was replaced by Moussa Dembele in the second half.

Substitutes

Tom Rogic: 6

The Australian was neat with his touches and looked impressive after coming in place of Armstrong. Forced Ulreich to make a decent stop late in the game.

Moussa Dembele: 5.5

Dembele used his pace well to create space up front and played some decent one-twos upfront.

James Forrest: 5.5

Came in place of Patrick Roberts. Looked promising from the wing but failed to alter the scoreline.

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