Celtic made it 6 wins out of 6 in the Premiership as they beat Kilmarnock 3-1 through a Edouard brace and a Christie strike. But Celtic fans must have been left sweating after seeing Christopher Jullien and Moritz Bauer hobble off late in the game.
Celtic preserved their perfect start to the Premiership season after coming from behind to beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead. A brace from Odsonne Edouard and a third from Ryan Christie was enough to see off Killie but it was far from an afternoon cruise for the Hoops.
The visitors took the unlikely lead against the run of play when Brophy scored in the 33rd minute. But Celtic equalised just on the cusp of half-time through a header from the man we all want to be. And the game was virtually over by the 57th minute when Christie latched on to a rebound to score Celtic’s third.
But there was still some drama left at Parkhead. First Forster did brilliantly to deny Brophy his second goal of the game. And then he saved a penalty in the 86th minute in what was his first truly great performance since returning to Celtic Park. And while it was not the best performance from the boys in green and white, what would have worried Celtic fans more is the fact that both Christopher Jullien and Moritz Bauer had to be subbed off late in the game.
With Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton already out injured, Neil Lennon cannot afford to lose another of his centre-backs. Hatem Abd Elhamed has also had his injury struggles since arriving at the club and as a result Moritz Bauer is an important part of the squad who might have to be called upon at anytime. Thus it was natural for Celtic fans to overreact immediately.
However, Neil Lennon appeared to allay all fears in his post-match interview. The Celtic manager said:
“Moritz’s injury was trauma. He got a bang and twisted his ankle. Jullien felt it a little bit on his hamstring but we think he’ll be fine.”
This is very positive news for the Scottish Champions as they try to navigate through a month congested by both domestic and European fixtures with Leigh Griffiths, Mikey Johnston, Marian Shved, Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton already on the shelf with injuries.