Three things we learned as Celtic win comfortably at Kilmarnock

By John Reid

January 23, 2020

Celtic returned to winning ways in the league with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Kilmarnock. Goals from Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Christoper Jullien helped the Hoops stay top of the Premiership table.

Here are three things we learned from Celtic’s victory in what could have been a very difficult game.

Hoops make light work of difficult surface

Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Celtic might have struggled on artificial pitches earlier this season. However, that didn’t seem to be the case at Rugby Park.

The Hoops were able to play their regular passing game, and that will have delighted the Celtic boss Neil Lennon. There is now no reason for the team to be concerned about any of their upcoming fixtures on plastic pitches for the remainder of the season.

Celtic have now shown that they can cope with the problems that they pose.

 

Strike partnership starting to flourish

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This was the second game in a row which saw the Hoops play with the duo of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard up-front. It paid off as both players found the back of the net.

Griffiths can be pleased with his display, as he not only scored but provided the assist for Christopher Jullien’s goal.

Both players worked well together in their partnership and there is no reason why the duo should be broken up anytime soon.

Selection gamble pays off

Greg Taylor in action for Celtic (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It was a bit of a gamble from Neil Lennon to select Jonny Hayes in place of Greg Taylor, when you consider that Taylor had played at Kilmarnock for years, and would have been used to the artificial surface.

However, the move paid off, as Hayes turned in a fine display in attack. What the selection shows is that the Hoops boss has healthy competition at left-back, and it will be interesting to see which of the pair gets the nod to start against Ross County on Saturday.

That is a good problem for the Hoops boss to have, and he must be pleased with how both players have fared recently.