Celtic’s record of unbeaten domestic cup matches stretched to 28 after the Hoops defeated Championship side Dunfermline 2-1 after extra time.
It wasn’t the most convincing of wins for the Hoops, who took the lead in the second-half through a Mikey Johnston cross/shot.
Dunfermline then equalised through Tom Bealding in the second-half. Thankfully James Forrest scored the winning goal for the Hoops in the second-half of extra time.
Here, we look at three things we learned in the cup tie:
STRUGGLING WIN WON’T PACIFY MANAGER’S CRITICS
Fans were no doubt hoping that Celtic would bounce back from the loss to Cluj with a convincing win over Dunfermline. However, this didn’t happen. The nature of the win will not silence Neil Lennon’s critics in the Hoops support. The Hoops really need a good win on Thursday against Stockholm to get back on track. It would also be a good result for the manager.
INJURY TO KEY MAN CASTS SHADOW OVER GAME
The most concerning aspect of the game for Celtic fans, aside from the overall performance, was the injury suffered by Kristoffer Ajer in the second-half. Hopefully the injury is not a bad one, as Ajer has been Celtic’s best defender by far this season. With some big games in the next fortnight, the Hoops fans and staff will be desperately hoping that the injury is not a bad one.
IN-FORM ATTACKER SAVES THE DAY
One thing that has remained constant about Celtic this season is the form of James Forrest. Scotland’s player of the year scored the winning goal, which maintained the Hoops’ superb domestic cup record. It also marked the fourth game in a row that Forrest has scored in. He already looks to be matching his form of last season, which can only be a good thing for the Hoops.