3 Lessons learned as Celtic edge past Dunfermline Athletic

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Celtic faced Championship side Dunfermline on Saturday in what many considered to be an absolute mess of a match. After Tuesday’s exit from the Champions League at the hands of CFR Cluj, Hoops fans were awaiting an absolute blowout to see the Bhoys back on track.

To many fans the result against Championship side Dunfermline was far worse than the result against CFR Cluj. Caution is urged when looking at the results of Saturday’s match. Many lessons can be learned for Celtic and its fans from Saturday’s close win.

Goals are NOT the only Statistic

Many Hoops fans will walk away thinking the 2-1 result against a “poorer” opponent is all that matters, and that Lennon is to blame for the result (more on that in a moment). Instead, let us look at some positive statistics per BBC that proved Celtic was indeed in control of the match:

  • Celtic controlled the ball 64% of the match
  • The Bhoys took 36 shots compared to Dunfermline’s three.
  • Celtic had 23 corner kicks to Dunfermline’s one.

What many fans do not realize is that despite the outcome of the match, Celtic completely controlled the match and came up “unlucky” on what The Celtic Bhoys deemed over seven shots on goal.

It is unfortunate that Celtic was unable to score seven or even ten goals against the Championship side. However, sometimes that is how sports work. In the United States there is a saying “on any given Sunday”, which means no matter what teams are playing there is always a chance to win. Fortunately, Celtic fans have not had to experience a losing atmosphere lately. With that being said, the Dunfermline back-line was superb in stopping the Celtic pressure and credit must be given. Today was the “any given Saturday” and Celtic was lucky to come up with the victory despite being incredibly unlucky on the goals being scored front.

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