Celtic turned on the style against St. Johnstone for the second time this season as first-half goals from Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths gave us an emphatic 3-0 win in Perth.
The team looked like they’d had a weight lifted off their shoulders after the result at Tynecastle on Sunday. And it showed as they produced their best performance of 2020 so far and rattled in the goals.
Here’s how we rated Neil Lennon’s men on the night.
Fraser Forster – 6
The big Englishman had one of his quieter evenings as the majority of the play took place in the opposite half. He’ll be pleased to notch another clean sheet as they haven’t always been so forthcoming over the past six weeks or so.
Jozo Simunovic – 6
Again it was a quiet night for the defender who left the play at half-time. Simunovic took his place in the dugout for the second-half, suggesting that he’s not picked up another injury and it may be more down to the McDiarmid Park pitch.
Christopher Jullien – 7
Yet again it was a routine evening for Jullien. He had very little pressure put on him when in possession and played some neat floated balls. It goes without saying that he’ll have tougher evenings between now and the end of May.
Kristoffer Ajer – 8
Ajer was probably the best of the back three due to the way he helped add weight to some of our attacks, mainly in the first-half. Nearly teed up Leigh Griffiths for another goal after a forceful challenge in the Saints box.
James Forrest – 9
The little winger seems to love playing in Perth and excelled once again. Forrest netted a terrific goal midway through the first-half and also set up Olivier Ntcham’s header with a brilliant cross. Hopefully he can now return to the Forrest we know and love.
Greg Taylor – 9
Our summer recruit had a similarly excellent game on the opposite flank to his international team-mate. Like Forrest, he nabbed an assist for Griffiths’ third goal and was always a good option to the left. More performances like this and he’ll have a regular berth in the team.
Scott Brown – 7
The Hoops skipper did all of the main work in the first-half alongside his usual partner Callum McGregor. Like many of his team-mates, he was much more lax in the second-half but he’ll have reserved lots of energy for our hectic upcoming schedule.
Callum McGregor – 8
Again, McGregor’s best stuff came in the first-half as his energy and ability on the ball kept the Saints penned in. McGregor has arguably been our best performer since the winter break and, although he slackened a little after the break, it was still another good display.
Olivier Ntcham – 8
The Frenchman answered any rumours that he may soon be for the exit with another good display, capped off by his early goal. His header was emphatic and so was a lot of his display prior to the break. He had less of an impact in the second-half but it’ll still be harsh if he’s out the team for Hamilton on Sunday.
Odsonne Edouard – 8
Edouard is just a joy to watch when he’s in the kind of mood he was at the start of the game. His link up with Griffiths arguably set the tone for our evening’s work and will have done wonders for their relationship together. Didn’t get his goal, and didn’t really go too close either, but he still showed how much he offers the team.
Leigh Griffiths – 9
We can probably say it now: Leigh Griffiths is back. The frontman’s third goal in four games arrived in typical fashion but it was his overall performance that will have pleased his gaffer most. Griffiths looked hungry, quick and neat in possession. His recent performances are like those of a new signing.
Moritz Bauer (5) came on at half-time but you barely realised he was even playing. Mikey Johnston (4) and Patryk Klimala (4) had less time to impose themselves on the game but the latter did nearly get on the end of a driven Taylor cross.