Three things we learned from Celtic's victory over Nomme Kalju

By John Reid

July 24, 2019

Celtic all but clinched their place in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers with a 5-0 win over Nomme Kalju of Estonia. The Hoops took the lead thanks to a header by Kristoffer Ajer, before Ryan Christie made it 2-0 form the penalty spot. Leigh Griffiths made it 3-0 with a trademark free-kick, before Christie added a second.

Callum McGregor completed the scoring with a fine goal. Neil Lennon will be delighted with both the result and the performance. The Hoops can look ahead to the second leg with confidence after a fine start to the season.

Here are three things we learned from Celtic’s Champions League triumph:

CELTIC’S MR DEPENDABLE STRIKES AGAIN

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Kristoffer Ajer never lets Celtic down, even when he is playing out of position. He was back in his familiar centre-back role against Nomme Kalju, but that didn’t stop him from having a big impact on the game. He gave the Hoops the lead in the game with a towering header. Ajer was fairly solid at the back as usual, but this game saw him make an impact at the other end of the pitch. It is no wonder he is an almost ever present in the Hoops team.

MIDFIELDER AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING

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Ryan Christie has been sensational in the early weeks of the season in his ‘number 10’ role. His excellent form continued against Kalju. Not only did he set up the opening goal for the Hoops, but he won and converted the penalty which put Celtic 2-0 ahead. Christie then scored a brilliant goal to put the Hoops 4-0 up. He is going to be a massive player for Celtic this season, he looks to be thriving under Neil Lennon.

STRIKER CAN BE SATISFIED WITH PERFORMANCE

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Leigh Griffiths made his long-awaited return to the Celtic side, and he didn’t disappoint. He looked eager to get on the score sheet all night. He marked his comeback with a trademark free-kick which put the Hoops 3-0 ahead. It was a moment that meant a lot to Griffiths. He went off early in the second-half, and he can be very satisfied with his performance in his return to the team.