John Hartson unimpressed with KR Reykjavik as Celtic destroy Icelandic champions

By David Walton

August 19, 2020

Celtic great John Hartson was left unimpressed with the performance of KR Reykjavik at Parkhead last night.

Neil Lennon’s Hoops powered through to the second qualifying round of the Champions League in convincing fashion, with KR barely causing a scare.

Mohamed Elyounoussi bagged a brace, whilst Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor, and Odsonne Edouard also got on the scoresheet. An own goal also added to Celtic’s tally, as they ran out comfortable 6-0 winners against the Icelandic champions.

Christopher Jullien celebrates against KR Reykjavik / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Hartson believes that Reykjavik were nowhere near a standard capable of testing Celtic last night.

Speaking on Celtic TV’s live coverage of the match, Hartson said: “It was a good night really, it could’ve been 10. It really could’ve been 10 if some decisions had gone our way. Very, very convincing this evening.

“I don’t want to sound too disrespectful to Reykjavik but they were totally, totally out of their depth. We’ve won the game, we look forward to next week. Another home game but I don’t think we’ll get a similar result.

“I hope that we’ll win, but 6-0 and it was going on more. It was as easy as you like tonight.”

Reykjavik couldn’t lay a glove on Celtic

It’s difficult to disagree with anything Hartson says here. Reykjavik simply weren’t up to the level of Lennon’s side, and it showed.

The Icelandic side may point to some flashpoints in the second half that would suggest they could’ve given us more of a fright on another night. However, all of their joy came after Celtic were 4-0 or 5-0 ahead. Mistakes were bound to happen as we strolled the second half.

According to UEFA’s official stats on the match, Celtic fired in 24 shots to Reykjavik’s five. 14 of which were on target for the Hoops, whilst KR could only sting Vasilis Barkas’ gloves on two occasions.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson / (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

It was, in every sense, as routine as you could hope for a first qualifying round match. But it was a result Celtic needed after their 1-1 draw at Rugby Park nine days beforehand.

Ferencvaros or Djurgardens will be next up for Lennon’s Bhoys. Both sides would provide a stiffer test for Celtic next week, even though the venue will still be Parkhead

When you think about the build-up to last night’s game, however, it’s fair to say that Reykjavik were a tad disappointing.

In other news, Celtic boss Neil Lennon singled out defender Hatem Elhamed for praise after a fine performance.