Ange's class bargain, big call vindicated; 3 things we learned as Celtic thrash Kilmarnock

By John McGinley

August 14, 2022

Celtic were on electric form in Ayrshire today, winning 5-0 away to Kilmarnock and moving back to the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Moritz Jenz were all on the scoresheet in the first half, almost guaranteeing the points by the interval. Then came Carl Starfelts first effort for the club and a Giorgos Giakoumakis stunner late on.

Ange Postecoglou, three games in, is delivering on the promise of progress this season, but what were the main takeaways from today’s three points? Here are ours…

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Jota is the bargain of the summer even at £6m

The money Celtic paid for Jota was substantial both by the club’s and the league’s standards. Of course, it came after an impressive loan spell so you wouldn’t say there was risk attached, but it was still a serious investment.

So far that investment is looking like the bargain of the summer and not just in Scotland, but in comparison to most markets around Europe. Put simply, he looks incredible and worth every penny.

His rocket of a goal will undoubtedly dominate the highlights reel – and justifiably so – but his overall performance was impressive away from that with work ethic, skill and combinations terrorising Kilmarnock for much of the match. He is the real deal and this is only the start. I can’t wait to see him test himself at a higher level.

Postecoglou’s big attacking call justified

In the build-up to this one there were plenty of calls for Giorgos Giakoumakis and Liel Abada to start today. Theoretically the physical presence of the Greek would cause more problems for Kilmarnock than Kyogo and Abada’s goal last week showed off his attacking threat too.

However, the manager put faith in Daizen Maeda and his compatriot again, with both delivering big with goal contributions. Maeda managed to bag himself two assists, with one of them directly to Kyogo after latching on to a stunning Greg Taylor through ball.

The front three of Maeda, Kyogo and Jota looks unshakeable right now and I’d expect this to continue while the team are still playing one game a week.

Giakoumakis showed he’s in the conversation with his classy overhead kick goal and he’ll get plenty of starts this season but Postecoglou’s methods and selections are working big time.

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Defensive goal threats

It was fantastic to see Celtic’s defenders chip in with goals today and really help punish Kilmarnock.

Moritz Jenz showed he is a genuine threat in the box with another well-taken finish, while Starfelt opening his account was pure delight.

This is an important part of Celtic’s season, especially on occasions when the game might be tight and our reliable attackers just aren’t getting any joy.

A team having the ability to mix it up and throw some big bodies into the box to break teams down is vital.

Celtic are motoring all over the pitch and look peerless in Scotland. With Hearts visiting next week, there’ll be an expectation of even more joy.

In other news, Celtic far from finished in the transfer market.