Celtic’s goalscoring form was once again on fire at Broadwood Stadium yesterday as the Hoops swept to a 3-0 win at Clyde.
There was to be no repeat of the 2-1 loss to the Bully Wee back in 2006. However, it wasn’t just a quarter-final spot in the competition that Celtic secured yesterday afternoon.
The three goals, scored by Olivier Ntcham, Scott Brown, and Vakoun Bayo, brought about a fine stat that’s worth boasting about – Celtic have now managed to score more goals this season than we managed in the entirety of the last campaign.
Indeed, in Brendan Rodgers’ final year at the club, Celtic slammed in 121 goals in the 2018/19 campaign. Granted, Neil Lennon came in for the final few months of it, but he was working with Rodgers’ squad.
Our three goals against Clyde yesterday took us up to 122 goals for the current season, and we still have three full months of football still to play (Soccerbase).
So far this season we’ve played 45 games of football. That almost averages out to three goals per game. Last season after 45 games we had only managed to score 96. That wasn’t even a bad return either, but to have scored 26 more goals than this time last season is some going.
The Neil Lennon effect there for all to see
What you can’t accuse this Celtic team of is a lack of entertainment. Going forward, we haven’t been this exciting since the invincible campaign in Rodgers’ first season at Parkhead.
Last year, Celtic had failed to score in seven different games at this stage. Lennon’s side, however, have only failed to score in two games. One of those was when we played a shadow side at Cluj too.
Granted, stats can only tell you so much about a team. There have been times when Lennon’s side have toiled this season and not been at their best. But it says so much about them that, even when they haven’t been sparkling, they’ve still managed to find the net consistently.
The goal return is vindication for Lennon. It may not be tangible success, but it’s solid evidence that he’s managed to improve on the football from last season.
It remains to be seen if we get rewarded come the end of the campaign, but we already have the Betfred Cup stored away for another year in any case. The results have already brought us a trophy in what’s perhaps our most pressurising season yet.
It will all mean nothing if we don’t secure nine-in-a-row, but Lennon can certainly take some satisfaction with his team’s forward play in the meantime.