Edouard Gets 8.5, Frimpong With 8 | Celtic Players Rated In Their Comfortable Win Vs Hibernian

A win against Rangers to defend the League Cup title was certainly the icing on the cake for Neil Lennon’s Celtic having already made it through to the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. The gaffer rested the majority of his first-team stars against CFR Cluj and therefore, lined up a fit and fresh XI this afternoon against Hibernian at Celtic Park.

The Hibs have been making a steady recovery under new boss Jack Ross after a dreadful start to their season, but the outing at Parkhead proved to be too difficult to deal with as they suffered a 2-0 defeat despite delivering a headstrong display.

Below are the Celtic players rated in their commanding win against Hibernian.

Fraser Forster: 7

Returned between the sticks following his League Cup final heroics. Was rarely tested by the visitors and grabbed a clean sheet comfortably.

Kristoffer Ajer: 7

Had a floating role at the back to cope with Lennon’s change of formation. Was calm with the ball at his feet and played it out from the back to build up a few attacks.

Christopher Jullien: 7.5

Was a towering presence in the heart of the backline. Never allowed the likes of Florian Kamberi and Christian Doidge to cause enough menace in and around the Celtic box.

Nir Bitton: 7

Was clumsy at times with his tackles, but the Israel international used his experience to keep things under control on the pitch.

Jeremie Frimpong: 8

The teenager has been a revelation for the Hoops who once again impressed while operating down the right flank. Kept on making marauding forward runs and slotted home calmly to break the deadlock after picking up Edouard’s pass inside the box late in the first half.

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo: 7

Balanced his game between the attack and defence. Was not a persistent threat high up the pitch, however, made some timely overlapping runs to whip in some crosses. Linked up play well in the attacking third.

Scott Brown: 7.5

The skipper, as always, did the dirty work with his tactical fouls and tough tackles. Never allowed Hibs to dominate the midfield game as he kept on winning the ball back for his side.

Olivier Ntcham: 7

Had a lively start to the game with his box-to-box movements. Carried the ball forward often from the deep and distributed it using his vision and game-reading traits.

Callum McGregor: 8

Started in a slightly advanced role. Played some smart one-twos to open up space and came close to finding the net on several occasions from the very beginning of the match.

James Forrest: 7.5

Used the width of the pitch and linked up well with Edouard when the Frenchman doubled the lead midway through the second half. Made way for Tom Rogic with a few minutes remaining.

Odsonne Edouard: 8.5

The French hotshot set up Frimpong around the 40th-minute mark. Wasted a golden opportunity early in the second half but compensated with a clinical finish to seal the win for the Bhoys. Made way for Leigh Griffiths a couple of minutes later.

Celtic Substitutes

Leigh Griffiths: 6.5

Slowly getting his rhythm back. The Scotsman missed a few chances but looked sharp while creating those late opportunities in the match.

Tom Rogic: NA

Played too little to warrant a rating.

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