Celtic striker Timothy Weah was given a rare outing in the 2-0 win against St Mirren tonight.
And, when you look at his overall performance, he fully proved to Neil Lennon that he deserves to be used more.
Starting on the left of an attacking trio consisting of him, Oliver Burke, and James Forrest, Weah thrived on the exposure to first-team football.
It’s stating the obvious to mention the fact he nabbed the opener. An opportunistic header within the first 15 minutes gave Celtic the initiative at a key stage in the game. Without that nod from Weah, the Hoops would likely have toiled for longer spells and got more panicky as the game wore on.
But it wasn’t just about his goal either. He showed terrific invention to get past Paul McGinn on several occasions. His directness was a joy to watch, and his quick feet brought genuine creativity to the table.
He linked up well with Emilio Izaguirre down the left. But in addition to that, he provided a terrific outlet for the likes of Callum McGregor and Scott Brown to feed. Every time he got on the ball, you expected Weah to make something happen.
First start in two months
It was his first start in a Celtic jersey since the 2-0 home win over Hibernian in early February. He has made seven appearances since, but all from the bench.
Tonight he showed he offers more of a direct threat than Scott Sinclair. He has more in his locker than the Englishman, and reminded everyone he is a genuine goal threat with his early strike.
Neil Lennon has failed to start the American outside of tonight. But, despite that, he can be forgiven if he starts to do so from now on.
Celtic face Livingston at Celtic Park on Saturday. Weah subsequently has to be given a start after his display tonight.
It was a timely reminder of the quality he brings to the side. Incredibly, tonight’s goal was only his fourth for the club. Goodness knows what that number would be if Celtic actually featured him more often.
He has plenty to give Lennon, and is the kind of player that could earn him the job permanently. But the manager has to start putting some faith in him between now and the end of the campaign.
Hopefully, that begins on Saturday at Parkhead.