Here we go, eleven in-a-row. Celtic victories that is. Another three points are in the bag after a dramatic late success against Hamilton Accies. It may not have been as scintillating as the rest of our victories over the past couple of months, but it is just as important.
Here are our ratings from a professional night’s work as Scott Brown saved the day.
Fraser Forster – 7
The Englishman looks almost unbeatable at present. He was called into action on one notable occasion during the second-half as he sprawled down to his left to tip away a goalbound header. Extra points for telling the appealing Accies substitutes behind the goal to quieten down. Could do little about the Lanarkshire side’s goal.
Moritz Bauer – 5
The Austrian wasn’t bad, but he neither was he good. He increasingly looks the least talented of our three right-back options in possession, although he does rarely get caught out at the back. Don’t expect to see him take to the field at Hampden on Sunday.
Kristoffer Ajer – 6
The big defender may feel he should have bagged a goal during a decent enough 90 minutes. Ajer had little to deal with in a defensive sense but should really have scored from a free header just after the hour mark.
Nir Bitton – 6
Bitton is increasingly looking like the next best centre-back option on our books. Long gone are his days as a midfielder but his ability in possession is a real bonus in games like tonight’s. Good to see him getting a few more minutes under his belt.
Greg Taylor – 7
The former Kilmarnock man was good again without being totally spectacular. Taylor won’t play at the weekend so he was able to expend all of his energy, and it showed in a battling performance. The Scotland international is improving with every game but you get the impression he still has even more to offer.
Scott Brown – 8
The skipper wasn’t at his energetic best on the night but he showed all of his mettle with a driving late winner. Brown is the epitome of Celtic over the past few years. Never settling for second best, always winning. It’s not often that he’s the match winner. Scott Brown won the league at Celtic Park?
Callum McGregor – 6
Like his central-midfield partner, McGregor wasn’t at his top level although he did get in to some good areas in the first-half. He’ll have much better games to come – hopefully starting on Sunday.
Ryan Christie – 8
We’re all running out of things to say about Christie. He is undoubtedly our most important player at present, both in an attacking and defensive sense. Christie ran himself into the ground yet against and scored the opener on a attritional night. He is undoubtedly better in the middle, where he finished the game.
Olivier Ntcham – 5
The Frenchman struggled to impose himself on the game a little and was an early second-half substitution as a result. There seems to be a growing theme that he’s better from the bench with his starts often leaving a little to be desired.
James Forrest – 6
Our homegrown hero was still one of our most prominent threats in the match but he looks less happy on the left-wing. Forrest is much better suited to the opposite side where he can run to the byline onto his more natural right foot. Hopefully that’s where he starts at Hampden.
Lewis Morgan – 5
The former St. Mirren man has received some well deserved plaudits over the past week but you still can’t shake the feeling that we’re missing something when he’s up top. The team lacks a real focal point when Morgan is leading the line but perhaps that isn’t all his fault. A decent performance but nothing more.
Mikey Johnston (6) and Leigh Griffiths (6) both looked very lively after coming on during the second-half. Johnston, in particular, just looks so full of industry at the moment and that can only be a good thing ahead of Sunday. Jeremie Frimpong (4) had little time to affect the match, but witnessed two goals in his short time on the pitch.