AngeBall production, perfect performer; 3 things we learned as Celtic demolish Dundee United
Celtic were in rampant Scottish Premiership form today, thrashing Dundee United by a massive 9-0 margin at Tannadice.
United have had a rough start to the season but today was really all about Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys, who showed no sympathy to their situation and were relentless in pursuit of goals. Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada both scored hat-tricks, with Jota, Carl Starfelt and Josip Juranovic joining in on the act.
What were our big takeaways from the game? Here are three…
An Angeball production
Today was a team effort no doubt. Kyogo sparkled in the first half and really set a fire under the performance but the entire unit was unbelievable.
Commentator Ian Crocker described it as “an AngeBall production” as the goals rattled in. And that about sums it up.
Today was a pure vision of what the manager has sought to bring to Celtic – relentless work ethic, all out attacking football and a fair dose of ruthless quality.
Oddly, one of the moments that summed it all up wasn’t a goal, but Greg Taylor’s sprint to the corner flag, ball in hand, in stoppage time of the first half – with the team already 3-0 up. It’s that kind of desire and attitude that typifies everything good about this team.
What a manager we have and what a group he’s put together.
Kyogo had already been in goalscoring form heading into today’s match, in fact he had netted three from four matches. Today he brought back the absolute peak of his Celtic form, reminding everyone he is the best player in the country.
This was the Kyogo we enjoyed so much last season. Perfect movement, supreme game intelligence and an eye for goal that is just unmatched by anyone else in Scottish football.
I said over the summer if that we can keep Kyogo fit this season that we can achieve special things. I think that remains true. He is so key and crucial to the way we play domestically, but also on the counter in Europe.
I can’t wait to see what he does in the Champions League.
Ange rotation won’t hamper Celtic
The manager made three changes to his line-up today, a sign of the coming rotation that is likely to happen from match to match. We will play 18 or 19 more matches in a 73-day period after today, stretching the full resources of the squad.
Reo Hatate, Carl Starfelt and Liel Abada all came into the team today to make a big impact, signifying that those who have been on the sidelines in recent weeks are more than ready to come in and perform at the level required.
Nobody is unhappy or frustrated in this first-team group. Everyone is working to a shared ambition. It shows with the individual and collective performances we are witnessing.
I fully expect big team changes for the fixture away to Ross County on Wednesday night, but I don’t think there will be a dip in approach or intensity.