Pat Bonner impressed with Celtic's counter-attacking play

By John Reid

December 26, 2019

Celtic legend and BBC pundit Pat Bonner was impressed with one aspect of the Hoops’ game in their 2-1 win over St Mirren.

He praised Celtic’s counter-attacking prowess during the game, on the BBC Scotland live match page (26/11 15:35).

“It was a big chance”

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On Celtic’s second goal, which was scored by James Forrest, he said “Celtic were deadly on the counter-attack. It was a big chance to take on the halfway line. Odsonne Edouard was clever enough to hold steady and keep onside to play the ball through.”

Even though Forrest scored the goal, the majority of the good work for the strike was done by Odsonne Edouard. He managed to stay onside, timing his run perfectly. His pass played in Forrest who took his goal with style.

The goal was the highlight of Celtic’s performance. It showed just how good Celtic can be when the team clicks.

The Hoops’ attacking play at times was excellent. The only disappointment for Neil Lennon will be that the team didn’t score more goals.

Must utilise attacking skill versus rivals

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It will be interesting to see if the Hoops implement their counter-attacking style when they take on Rangers on Sunday. As Celtic will be at home, the team will be expected to be on the front foot for most of the game. However, Neil Lennon will surely want the Hoops to show off the counter-attacking game which has been a key factor for the Hoops this season.

When Rangers get a free-kick or a corner, Celtic should look to hit them on the break as often as possible. It could work to Celtic’s advantage. The likes of Edouard, Forrest, Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Christie could easily cause Rangers all sorts of problems in the break.

Neil Lennon will no doubt spend the next few days thinking about how to approach the Glasgow derby. He will want to ensure that the counter-attacking aspect of the team plays a part in any potential victory.