Celtic hosted St. Mirren in a Wednesday night Scottish Premiership League clash, in which the Hoops came out victorious 2-0. Here are some takeaways.
Celtic started out slowly, and could not find their rhythm to begin yesterday’s match. St. Mirren nearly pulled one over on the Hoops to begin early, when the pressured the Hoops throughout much of the first half. However, thanks to some timely scoring by Mohamed Elyounoussi, and James Forrest in the second half, the Bhoys were able to pull out the three points.
Alright, let’s get to it, here are our three takeaways from Wednesday’s match against St. Mirren.
Mohamed Elyounoussi is the Real Deal
Not this needed to be said, but from the minute (actually, two minutes) that he took the pitch as a member of the the Hoops, the newcomer has produced. It all started with an assist against Hamilton in September. As soon as the calendar flipped to October, the Southampton loanee has been on fire. In just October alone, the lad has scored four goals, one against St. Mirren, one against Aberdeen and two against Ross County. If the Hoops can find a way to keep Elyounoussi around on a permanent basis, then they need to pull the trigger. This one is the real deal.
James Forrest proved he was worth a new contract
James Forrest has spent his entire football career with one club- Celtic. Now, he has recently inked a new four-year deal that will see him stay with the Hoops through the 2023 season. To top off his signing, he scored the second and final goal in Wednesday’s matchup with St. Mirren. Forrest is a consistent producer, and above all, a leader. Great move by the front office locking him up.
Celtic’s struggles against lower tier clubs continues
A victory is a victory. But, after a great showing against a top tier club such as Lazio, and then a trouncing of Aberdeen just days later should be a great indicator of where the club is. Instead, the Hoops have had a tough time with clubs such as Livingston, Hamilton and now St. Mirren. The cause of this is up for debate. However, one thing is clear, Celtic needs to play each club as if they are Rangers, or a Europa League opponent. One slight misstep against a lesser opponent could spell disaster for the Hoops.