Three things we learned from Celtic's away win over Nomme Kalju

By John Reid

July 30, 2019

Celtic eased into a Champions League third round qualifier against Cluj following a 2-0 win over Nomme Kalju. That sealed a 7-0 aggregate victory for Neil Lennon’s side.

The only goal of the game came after some good work by Olivier Ntcham and Mikey Johnston led to an own goal being scored by Aleksandr Kulinits.

Despite having chances to add to their scoring tally, Celtic were unable to add a second until very late on, when Marian Shved hammered home the second goal in injury time.

Neil Lennon will be fairly satisfied with the performance and the result. It was an experimental side chosen by the Hoops boss. He will be pleased most of all that no injuries were picked up.

Here are three things we learned in Celtic’s win over Nomme Kalju:

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ANOTHER EXCITING PERFORMANCE FROM ATTACKER

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Mikey Johnston kept up his excellent start to the season with another fine performance. He was a constant threat with the ball, and it was his cross which led to the own goal that gave the Hoops the lead. This might have been an experimental side picked by Neil Lennon. However, Johnston has done more than enough to keep his place in the Celtic side going forward.

NEW SIGNING STROLLS THROUGH DEBUT

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Celtic’s £7 million man Christopher Jullien made his long-awaited debut for the Hoops, and he turned in a decent night’s work. It has to be said that he didn’t have that much defending to do. However, he looked secure and composed when on the ball, and solid enough in defence. He also looks to be a threat going forward, as he missed a great chance to score, heading a Leigh Griffiths’ cross over the ball. He also had a goal disallowed. Still, he can pleased with his competitive debut.

EXPERIENCED VETERAN CAN STILL DO A JOB

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Craig Gordon made his first start of 2019 against Nomme Kalju, and the veteran goalkeeper turned in a fine display. He made a couple of very decent saves in the second-half, to ensure that his first game in a long time ended with a clean sheet. It seems likely that Scott Bain will be the main goalkeeper for the Hoops this season. However, Gordon has shown that he can be a more than able deputy.