Celtic will be champions, terrifying trio; 3 things we learned as Bhoys beat Hearts
Celtic are on the very brink of the Scottish Premiership title after picking up all three points at home to Hearts this afternoon.
The Bhoys were made to work for it after Ellis Sims’ opener after just three minutes.
However, Celtic got back into the game through a Daizen Maeda goal, before Kyogo Furuhashi netted his 18th goal of the season.
Matt O’Riley then kickstarted the party before Giorgos Giakoumakis rounded off the scoring late on to make it 4-1. Glorious.
But what does it all mean? Here are our three takeaways from the win…
Celtic WILL be champions
There’s really little doubt about it now. Celtic will be champions. We can’t officially say we ARE champions. But it’s in the bag.
Celtic are now guaranteed to be at least six points clear with two games remaining – also boasting a ridiculous goal difference advantage of +21 over Rangers.
This is now a week of festivities, starting post-match in Glasgow, on to Dundee United mid-week and culminating in the trophy lift against Motherwell next weekend.
It looks like we’re set to take our points total beyond 90 too, which is remarkable considering the team lost three of the opening six league games.
What an achievement in Ange Postecoglou’s debut season. Enjoy this everyone, truly.
Terrifying front three
After a ropey start to the match, you’d give pass marks to the entire team today. However, it was the front three that truly excelled and brought Celtic back into the match.
Kyogo, Maeda and Jota have so much energy, defensive desire and devastating potential in the final third.
Jota assisted two of the goals today. He has goals or assists in six of his last seven matches.
Kyogo is a constant thorn in the side of an opposition defensive line and now has 18 goals for the season.
Maeda plays about three positions at once with lightning speed and work ethic beyond what most have ever seen at the club.
It’s thrilling stuff and if we can keep them fit and together for the majority of next season then Celtic are going to be the Scottish force to be reckoned with once again.
Another player I want to single out today is Matt O’Riley. Not just for his goal, but his overall performance too. He was a bit of maestro today in that attacking midfield pocket. On another day he could have had two or three.
He completed all three of his attempted dribbles, was accurate with his passing and showed up well in his duels too, especially aerially.
The Danish youth international is another player who has not only made a difference since arriving in January but also has significant potential for the future.
While we all appreciate the efforts of this season, just keep in mind we can be incredibly excited about next year too.
First, let’s celebrate this title!