Michael Stewart and Marvin Bartley laud Celtic duo; say disallowed goal should have stood

By John McGinley

April 24, 2022

Celtic got a glowing report on BBC Sportscene tonight from Michael Stewart and Marvin Bartley after the Bhoys ran out 2-0 winners away to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. [BBC Scotland, 19:28]

Ange Postecoglou’s team are again six points clear at the top of the table and now there are just four games remaining.

Today’s result was driven by contributions from Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota, so it’s little surprise both players got a rave review in the BBC analysis.

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And Stewart reckons the officials in Dingwall made a blunder by ruling out Kyogo’s finish which was disallowed due to offside.

The former Hearts and Hibs man said: “There’s no doubt he’s not fully fit but you can already see the moments where he takes up great positions – his movement is fantastic. It’s a wonderful ball from Jota.

“He’s constantly looking to get in behind defenders. He’s onside there, the heel of Iacovitti is playing him onside, so maybe that should have stood. That’s the sort of movement Kyogo is always looking to enact.

“He’s always looking to react. It was a good performance. He’s building up after being out for such a long period of time.”

Ross County 0-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Ross County 0-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction
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The cross from Jota was sublime, as Stewart says, but the winger also found himself on the scoresheet after a full afternoon of hassling the Ross County backline.

Bartley was impressed, not just with the assist and goal, but the general performance.

He told Sportscene: “His all-around game is absolutely brilliant. If you’re a Celtic fan you want him signed up as soon as possible. He’s a striker’s dream, isn’t he? If you go in the right areas, he’ll find you. His head is up all the time.

“He can play left, he can play right, he’s pro-active, he’s constantly on the move. He’s got that belief he can go past anyone.”

It remains to be seen whether Jota will be signed up permanently but we can undoubtedly enjoy him for the moment. Both he and Kyogo are going to be huge parts of the next four games.

Their best and most important contributions of the campaign could be yet to come.

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