Three bright spots from Celtic's defeat to Cluj

By John Reid

December 13, 2019

Celtic lost 2-0 to Cluj in their last Europa League group stage game on Thursday. The game didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, as the Hoops had already won their Europa League group. The defeat did mean Celtic’s 12 match winning run came to an end, but more important fixtures are ahead of the Hoops.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon decided to shake up his team selection, playing fringe players and some youngsters. That provided some bright spots for the Hoops, in a game that won’t live long in the memory.

Here are three bright spots from Celtic’s loss to Cluj:

1. Mikey Johnston’s Performance

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Celtic attacker Mikey Johnston started his first Hoops match since September, and he was arguably man of the match for the Scottish champions. He played behind the striker, instead of on the wing, and he was a threat to the Cluj defence when he had the ball. He came closest to scoring for the Hoops with a shot that deflected just past the post, and looks to be over his recent injury issues. Johnston deserves a run in the first-team.

2. Scott Robertson didn’t look out of place

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It was a big night for Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson, as the player, who is just 18, made his competitive debut for the Bhoys. Thankfully for Robertson, he played well on his debut. He looked composed and mature on the ball, and worked well in the middle of the park alongside Olivier Ntcham. It might have been a risk to play Robertson, but it paid off, and the player looks to have a bright future with the club.

3. Leigh Griffiths gets some much-needed game time

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With Odsonne Edouard not making the trip to Romania, it was vital that Leigh Griffiths got some game time for the Hoops, and that is what happened, as he completed 9o much-needed minutes. He found it quite difficult to get into the game, but did display some nice touches. Getting game time was more important than the performance when it comes to Griffiths. It will be interesting to see if he gets the nod to start for the Hoops against Hibs if Edouard isn’t fit.