Michael Stewart sings Celtic praises on Sportscene after St Mirren demolition

By David Walton

August 22, 2021

Michael Stewart has been lauding the Celtic performances of late on Sportscene as he continued to be wowed by the turnaround under Ange Postecoglou.

The stats Celtic are clocking at the moment are ridiculously good. 3 league games, 13 goals scored. Six wins in a row in all competitions. Four clean sheets in eight games. No matter what way you wish to look at it, Celtic are flying.

Their latest victims came in the form of St Mirren. The Buddies won 2-1 at Celtic Park back in January in the final days of Neil Lennon’s reign. There was no sign of a repeat yesterday as a David Turnbull and Liel Abada-inspired Hoops side demolished the Paisley side 6-0.

BBC pundit Stewart was analysing the game for Sportscene. And once again, he took the opportunity to shower praise onto the Hoops for their start.

Speaking on BBC Scotland [22/08, 12:25am], Stewart said: “Incredible. I don’t think anybody could’ve foreseen the turnaround happening so quickly. The football they’re playing has obviously got their supporters excited. It really bodes well for the future.

“I don’t think there are any illusions. Ange Postecoglou knows that there’s still a lot of work to be done there. But in terms of middle to front and in an attacking sense, they are playing some scintillating football. You saw it for Dundee when they went to Celtic Park – Hearts as well – teams are getting blown away.

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“They’re trying to stop Celtic, they’re not getting high enough up the park. I think this will take a wee bit of time for clubs to try and find a way to play against Celtic. But you can’t sit off, because the way they break and attack at such pace, they will cut you open at some point. That was six today, like the Dundee game, it could’ve been double figures very easily.”

Celtic hammering of St Mirren only adds to the excitement

The Celtic supporters are entitled to get carried away. We’ve had a full year of disappointment stretching back to the first Glasgow derby of last season. Given the apathy many of us have had for how this football club has gone about its business, you can hardly blame us for getting excited.

It’s the players’ and coaches’ jobs to keep everyone’s feet on the ground. Not that of the supporters, who are allowed to dream.

But even after what we’ve seen of Celtic so far this season, it’s hardly going over the top to suggest they’re title contenders. They’ve shown on several occasions now that they’re looking like the real deal.

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Yes, there is work still to be done. We’re nowhere near the finished article. Consistency is also the key question mark that hovers above this Celtic side. Can it perform on a weekly basis? Can it rack up 10-13 consecutive league wins to give us a real platform?

All of that remains to be seen. But if you’re judging the Hoops on the early stages under Postecoglou, it’s nothing but positivity. They’re producing displays that Scottish football hasn’t seen in a long time. Perhaps not since Brendan Rodgers first arrived back in 2016.

A big week now lies ahead. AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League followed by Ibrox. Let’s see how ready we are to come through our biggest tests of the season.

In other news, The stats that show just how good Turnbull and Abada were for Celtic yesterday