Celtic returned from the international break in style with a 5-0 win over Ross County at Victoria Park in the Scottish Premiership.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard, Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer and Patryk Klimala gave the Hoops the three points in front of 300 hundred fans, as the game was one of two test matches with spectators taking place in the current round of fixtures.
The pre-match team news was dominated with the news that Shane Duffy and Albian Ajeti were given their first Celtic starts by Neil Lennon, with Odsonne Edouard back from injury.
The Hoops boss will be satisfied elements with the Hoops performance, but there are still some parts of the team that can improve, such as the new-look defence. With time though, that can only improve.
Here, we have a go at the individual player ratings:
Vasilis Barkas – 7
A very good game for the Hoops goalkeeper. Pulled two great saves from Ross Stewart efforts which could have brought Ross County right back into the game. Also managed to recover well when he slipped after receiving a Christopher Jullien back pass. Maybe has to work on crosses but a great performance overall.
Christopher Jullien – 5
The big centre-back didn’t have his best game, similar to his defensive partner Kristoffer Ajer. He seemed a bit hesitant at times, and he has played far better for Celtic. However, just like Ajer and Shane Duffy, it should be remembered that he is working in a new partnership. Will be looking to improve in his next Celtic display, he can do better.
Shane Duffy – 7
You could tell that it was his first league start since January. Looked a bit rusty at times and it should be remembered that he was also playing in a new system with new team-mates. However, he made his presence felt with a towering header, which could be the first of many goals for the Hoops. He will be delighted with his debut.
Kristoffer Ajer – 5
Not the best of games for the Norwegian defender. Was booked in the first-half which left him walking on eggshells for the rest of the game. Struggled at times in defence and seemed to prefer going forward to add to Celtic’s attacking threats. This was shown when he put the Hoops 4-0 up. He can play better than this and Neil Lennon will know that.
Jeremie Frimpong – 6
An up and down game for the Hoops wing-back. Managed to get himself in loads of good positions on the attack, but was unable to make those count, as his final ball wasn’t the best. Also has to work on the defensive side of his game, which isn’t his forte. Still, he performed well enough.
James Forrest – 6
A frustrating day for the Hoops winger. Similarly to Jeremie Frimpong, found himself in plenty of good attacking positions but was unable to make the most of it. He has yet to find his best form this season, and will be a bit annoyed that he didn’t manage to get in on Celtic’s goal tally. He can play better than this and undoubtedly will throughout the season.
Scott Brown – 6
A tale of two halves for the Celtic captain. Seemed to struggle at times in the first-half, and found it difficult to keep possession at times. However, he was more like his old self in the second-half, as he looked to help the Hoops dominate the middle of the park. Hopefully he can put together a good run of games.
Callum McGregor – 6
Spent a lot of the game on the fringes, especially in the first-half. Was far more involved in the second-half though, as spent a lot of time getting forward and trying to help Celtic add to their goal tally. This was the case when his excellent corner was headed home by Shane Duffy for Celtic’s third goal. A decent enough display from the player.
Olivier Ntcham – 7
Started slowly but came onto a game as Celtic dominated. Didn’t have the best first-half, but along with Scott Brown he helped the Hoops take the game by the scruff of the neck. He helped control the midfield, and did particularly well for Celtic’s fourth goal, which he put on a plate for Kristoffer Ajer. He should keep his place against St Mirren.
Albian Ajeti – 8
Showed his predatory instincts with a superb turn and finish to put Celtic 2-0 up. It was a finish that Gary Hooper or even Henrik Larsson would be proud of. Already looks to be a very good signing for the Hoops, and he isn’t even fully fit yet. Could easily score 20 plus goals this season if he keeps up the current run of from and manages to stay fit.
Odsonne Edouard – 7
Showed his class after only two minutes, by winning a penalty which he then converted himself. Was always involved in Celtic’s creative play, but didn’t look like adding to his goal tally. Partnership with Albian Ajeti will take time to gel, they linked up well in flashes. Thankfully his recent thigh injury looks to be a thing of the past judging by his performance.
Patryk Klimala – 5
Missed a great chance to score his second goal of the season which was set up by Odsonne Edouard, however, he struggled to get his shot under control and the effort was cleared off the line. However, he more than made up for this with a fine finish from a Mohamed Elyounoussi pass.
Ryan Christie – 4
Didn’t really make much of an impact on the game.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – 5
Showed just how good a player he can be as he put set up Patryk Klimala’s goal, will be no surprise to see.
David Turnbull – 4
Will be delighted to have made his Celtic debut.
Ismalia Soro – 4
Same as David Turnbull, will be delighted to get on the pitch.
In other news, Chris Sutton sent a message to Celtic’s recent signings.