Three things we learned as Celtic's winning run keeps going

By John Reid

December 26, 2019

Celtic stayed five points clear at the top of the Premiership thanks to the 2-1 win over St Mirren on Boxing Day. The Hoops performed fairly well on the day, and clinched the win thanks to goals from Callum McGregor and James Forrest. The Hoops have now won their last 11 league games, and can look forward to Sunday’s game against Rangers full of confidence.

Here are three things we learned from Celtic’s latest victory.

1. Key defender must up his game

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It wasn’t the best of performances from Christopher Jullien against the Paisley side. He seemed to struggle against the St Mirren attackers, and didn’t look comfortable throughout the game. He also conceded the free-kick which led to the St Mirren goal, and made an error which almost led to a goal earlier on. Thankfully we know that the player can perform far better than this. He knows what is on the line against Rangers, and he has been excellent against the Ibrox side this season. Neil Lennon will have faith in Jullien that the performance against St Mirren was just a blip.

2. Midfielder all but books Glasgow derby start

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Olivier Ntcham didn’t even get off the bench in the last Glasgow derby, but he seems certain to start against Rangers on Sunday. In the last few games he has been first choice for Neil Lennon in the middle of the park. That was again the case against St Mirren, and after a slow start Ntcham gradually dominated the game. He came close to finding the back of the net, generally put in a good display. You would imagine Neil Lennon will be impressed with the performance, and as a result keep Ntcham in the side for the derby.

3. Underworked player still made a difference

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Fraser Forster didn’t have the busiest of games. He had no chance of saving Cameron MacPherson’s late free-kick which took a deflection. However, he showed the best of his game with a key save from a close range Jon Obika shot. That says it all about Forster’s ability as a player. He practically has nothing to do, yet when called upon still manages to pull off a fine save, that is the mark of a good goalkeeper, and Forster is certainly one of those.