Celtic fear factor returns as Dundee player admits Bhoys star is "different class"
Last season you never really got the impression that opposition teams were scared of Neil Lennon’s Celtic side. That was part of the problem that contributed to a dismal campaign.
Players were regularly turning up at Celtic Park to play with a composure and calmness rarely season in the seasons prior. When facing the Bhoys in their own backyard, they would often attack without much respect for what Lennon’s team could do to them.
Yet this season it’s different. Players such as Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota have brought a fear factor back to the Bhoys. Teams don’t relish the prospect of facing off against attacking stars they know can run them ragged if given the chance.
Take Dundee, for example. Celtic were in blistering form against the Dees at Celtic Park earlier in the season, winning 6-0. Kyogo scored a magical hat-trick, with Tom Rogic, Anthony Ralston and Odsonne Edouard all scoring too.
And that has undoubtedly put Dens Park players such as defender Jordan Marshall on notice.
Speaking to local paper The Courier ahead of tomorrow’s match, Marshall left no-one in any doubt about what he thinks of Celtic’s Japanese forward, stating: “We didn’t really know that much about him but his movement that day at Celtic Park was unbelievable. I have seen him since in other games and he is doing it most weeks. He is a really good player.
“We didn’t really know that much about him but the coaching staff have prepared videos warning us about his movement and stuff.
“We know we have to be on our A-game playing against him as he is different class.”
If Celtic can get on the front foot early against Dundee tomorrow then I reckon their heads will go down and they’ll start to sense the inevitable – that the Bhoys led by players such as Kyogo will break them down.
Dundee have conceded more goals than any other team in the Premiership this term, while Celtic have score more than any. They are ripe for getting three points taken off of them again.
If the Bhoys approach the game in a professional manner with intensity and intent, we can punish the home side again.