Neil Lennon put his 14-year-old demons to rest as Celtic swept Clyde aside at Broadwood Stadium in the Scottish Cup this afternoon.
First-half goals from Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown put the Bhoys in cruise control before Vakoun Bayo wrapped things up. It finally laid to rest the horrors of our 2006 defeat at Broadwood under Gordon Strachan. And, after a routine success in Cumbernauld, there were certainly plenty of positive performances
Here, we take a look at the individual player ratings:
Scott Bain – 7
Decent enough. Showed some good ball-handling abilities in the early stages of the game. Can be pleased with how commanding he looked under tricky circumstances. Didn’t do a thing wrong.
Moritz Bauer – 7
One of Bauer’s more solid outings in a long time. Darted down the right well throughout the game and was given the freedom to express himself in an attacking sense. Set up the third goal with brilliant feet and also set up Mohamed Elyounoussi after one fine charge and cross into the box that the winger should’ve buried. Good job today from the loan star.
Christopher Jullien – 8
Jullien started off with some sloppy passes, but he never let David Goodwillie get any joy throughout. Also managed to make some timely interventions to stop Clyde from getting in on Bain. Would’ve liked to have been more threatening at set-pieces, but the hellish weather today didn’t help.
Kristoffer Ajer – 7
Again – solid with no mistakes. Ajer did well at times to control the ball as it came down under awful conditions. Made some productive, marauding runs forward and was always looking to get involved. Clean and tidy from the big Nowegian.
Boli Bolingoli – 6
Not a terrific comeback from the Belgian unfortunately. Was given his first start since the Rangers defeat and never looked too comfortable. His deliveries rarely hit the money, whilst he gave the ball away on several occasions in promising positions. Boli needs a confidence-booster, and frustratingly, today wasn’t it.
Scott Brown – 7
Another faultless display. Kept things simple and linked play between defence and attack. Also got on the scoresheet to put Celtic 2-0 ahead with a clever close-range flick. Brown didn’t have to be spectacular today, but once again he ensured Celtic had domination of the football match.
Olivier Ntcham – 8
Last season, this was the kind of game you could often accuse Ntcham of not bothering with. Not today. Got us off the mark with a fine curling finish on 16 minutes. Produced so many clever touches and spins on the ball to create room for himself too. Could tell he was a cut above everyone else on the pitch.
James Forrest – 7
Final ball may not have been there today, but Forrest linked up tremendously well with Bauer throughout. The partnership down the right was our most productive of the afternoon. Also combined with Christie to get Celtic into some promising situations. Didn’t get many sights of goal himself, but he was the focal point of many of our attacks today.
Ryan Christie – 6
Just lacked a spark today. He’s clearly fully-fit, but needing to find his cutting edge in and around the box. Was extremely vibrant and always looking to pick the ball up. Nobody works harder in that team than Christie, but still struggling to show the quality he produced pre-Winter break.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – 7
His first starts since December and it was an impressive one. We saw flashes of the Norwegian’s technique as he drifted beyond Clyde defenders with ease at times. Will be kicking himself at an early miss with the scoreline at 0-0, but he looked sharp outside of that. For his first game, this was an impressive return.
Patryk Klimala – 6
We were all hoping for more. Actually bagged his first Celtic assist today when he flicked on the corner for Brown’s goal. However, he’ll be rueing that one-v-one in the first half that he could only fire straight at the Clyde goalkeeper. Showed some decent touches at times and looked tidy on the ball, but really needs that first goal.
Jonny Hayes – (4): Came on with over 20 minutes to go but didn’t make any sort of impact. Had the time to do so. Vakoun Bayo – (4): On for final 15 and slotted home a fine finish after missing two sitters. Marian Shved – (2): No time to make anything happen.