Celtic returned to action after the winter break with a 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle. The Hoops’ goals came from Leigh Griffiths, and a deflected strike by Callum McGregor. Thistle pulled a goal back thanks to an injury time penalty, which Jeremie Frimpong was very unlucky to concede.
Here are three things we learned from the game as Celtic booked their place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup:
MANAGER’S SELECTION GAMBLE PAYS OFF
Neil Lennon’s decision to start two strikers was perhaps a bit of a surprise. The Hoops boss usually favours one man up-front. However, at Firhill, the duo of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard started for the Bhoys.
The move paid off, as Griffiths opened the scoring for the Hoops, and Edouard came close with a shot off the bar. The duo worked well off each other, especially when you consider that haven’t played together that often as a partnership.
It will be interesting to see if Lennon keeps faith in the duo for the game against Kilmarnock on Wednesday.
ATTACKER SHOULD BE FIRST NAME ON TEAM SHEET
Tom Rogic was back in the Celtic side after a spell out of action, and the midfielder was at his mercurial best. Some of his touches on the ball and passes were a joy to behold.
He was at the centre of all that was good about the Celtic performance, and managed to create plenty of space for himself. Perhaps the only let-down was that he didn’t find the back of the net.
There is no doubt that he should retain his place in the Celtic starting line-up for Wednesday’s trip to Kilmarnock. He could almost win the game on his own if his form continues.
AN UNFORTUNATE DAY FOR HOOPS STARLET
Jeremie Frimpong performed well for the Hoops as he usually does. But two refereeing decisions will be what he remembers most about the game.
Firstly, Alan Muir failed to award the Hoops starlet a first-half penalty when it looked like he was pushed over in the penalty box.
Then, in injury time, he was adjudged to have conceded a penalty for a foul on Dario Zanatta. That looked to be a harsh decision.
Thankfully the player is made of strong stuff and should get over the incidents quickly, but it won’t be a game that Frimpong forgets in a hurry.