SC Wiener 1-2 Celtic - three things we learned

By John Reid

June 29, 2019

Celtic’s pre-season tour to Austria continued on Saturday evening as and the Hoops made it two wins from two games, coming from behind to defeat SC Wiener 2-1.

Celtic dominated the first-half, but were unable to make the breakthrough, with James Forrest coming close on a few occasions.

The Hoops fell behind early in the second-half to a free-kick by Jakov Josic, but Leigh Griffiths equalised almost immediately.

But sides had chances to win the game, with Vakoun Issouf Bayo guilty of missing a great chance. However, he made up for that miss with a fine winning goal late on.

Here are three things we leaned from the game:

Player of the year almost back to his best already

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James Forrest had an action-packed 45 minutes for the Hoops. He managed to hit both the bar and the post and miss a great chance when he headed over the bar. He already looks to be a key man for the Hoops in the weeks and months ahead. Another 45 minutes against St Gallen on Tuesday could set him up well for the upcoming Champions League qualifier against Sarajevo.

Striker continues to look very sharp

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Leigh Griffiths continued his comeback, and for the second pre-season game in a row he looked very impressive. In the opening spell of the second-half he missed a good chance to give the Hoops the lead, put a chance on a plate for Vakoun Issouf Bayo who headed wide and then equalised for the Hoops. He linked up well with Bayo overall. Griffiths must be in contention to start the Champions League qualifier.

A decent debut for new Bhoy

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All eyes were on Marian Shved as he made his debut for Celtic. He played fairly well in the 45 minutes in which he featured. He was desperate to get involved in the game, and perhaps was overeager at times. But he can be reasonably happy with his performance. Shved will only improve with playing time, and Neil Lennon should give him the entire 90 minutes against St Gallen on Tuesday.