Unsung hero, Ange's ridiculous options; 3 things we learned as Celtic thrash Motherwell

By John McGinley

February 6, 2022

Celtic have backed up Wednesday night’s win at home to Rangers with another three points against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.

It was crucial there were no slip-ups today for the Bhoys to consolidate their lead at the top of the table. Ange Postecoglou’s team didn’t disappoint.

A Liel Abada goal and a Tom Rogic double had the visitors cruising by half-time, before Daizen Maeda finished the job off in the second half.

The 4-0 win was a joy from start to finish, but what did we learn from the day’s encounter? Here are 3 talking points…

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Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic squad options are now unbelievable

Postecoglou made three changes to his Celtic starting eleven today and the team barely blinked in their effort, intensity and quality.

Rogic coming back from international duty, Maeda making another start, Ralston’s guts and efforts.

By half-time rolled around, the likes of Jota, Matt O’Riley and Josip Juranovic were sitting on the bench like a reprehensible stockpile of nuclear weapons.

O’Riley was also stunning when he came into the game in the second half, while Jota was always a danger. Even Nir Bitton is looking sumptuous after returning from suspension.

The manager truly has a brilliant squad to play with now as options rack up in positions all over the pitch.

It’s incredible to think we still have Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull to come back into this rotation.

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The Ballad of Giorgos Giakoumakis

I know he’s not scoring right now, but can we recognise Giakoumakis’ efforts in a Celtic shirt of late? For me, as others steal the headlines, he’s the unsung hero of the Celtic attack.

What a battler he was today, relishing the physical altercations with the Motherwell defence and proving to be a constant thorn in their side.

I’d back him against Tyson Fury, personally.

The striker was unlucky not to score again after Liam Kelly made a smart stop to deny him and his movement played a part in the opening goal.

Keep trying Giorgos and you’ll get your goal. We’ll all be here to recognise your efforts.

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Tom Rogic still hates Motherwell

Tom Rogic is a professional, of course, and tries his hardest against every team we play. However, I can’t help but think he has a particular dislike of Motherwell. No one feels the pain against him more.

Today he scored his sixth and seventh goals against them in 19 appearances, having also registered five assists in that time.

He was superb this afternoon and even when the similar O’Riley entered the match, he continued to threaten. I think it answers the question of whether they can play together or not.

The Australian is an absolute joy this season and let us praise Ange Postecoglou for bringing him back to his best. In fact, this might be the best he’s ever been.

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