Pat Bonner couldn’t get enough of the quality involved in both of our goals as St Johnstone ultimately succumbed to the quality of Celtic.
It looked as though the grim results were returning for the Hoops after a massively disappointing opening hour in Perth. Saints took the lead early on in the second 45 thanks to a fine Shaun Rooney header.
However, two moments of magic from Odsonne Edouard helped turn the game and secure a fourth consecutive win. The manner of the goals were also impressive given the skill involved in both the creative build-up and the finishing.
It’s clear both efforts made an impression on Bonner in any case as he discussed them on BBC Radio Scotland post-match [14/02, 13:53]:
“When he’s back on form [Edouard] and when you see Christie, he was back on form also, having to play in a different position, and then you see the other players – Rogic, Turnbull etc – you can see Celtic have got those players in those forward positions.
“And when they’re all firing, they’re really difficult to handle. The two goals that they scored were magnificent, I’ve got to say. The first one – a cross from Christie and then the movement and ability to finish at the near post.
“But the second goal was the one. There was real inventiveness among the players leading up to it, then the touch from Edouard with his back to goal, and then just the composure not to swipe at it but to take his time and tuck it into the back of the net with a bit of pace.”
Bonner right to highlight plus-points; St Johnstone for Celtic to show their class
There’s been something relatively straightforward about the last week with regards to our results. Celtic managed three consecutive wins and were in cruise control in all three for large spells.
Only after Edouard scored today in Perth did you feel that way about this one. Not once did the Hoops manage to really seize control of the midfield. Whilst Scott Brown did well today, he didn’t link-up well with the rest of the talent alongside him in the engine room.
It’s fair to say the pitch didn’t help in spells either. There were different moments where Tom Rogic and David Turnbull went to play key passes only for the ball to bobble harshly. In the end, of course, it mattered not as Edouard’s class told.
It was great to see the likes of Ryan Christie and Greg Taylor involved in the build-up. Both men have come in for criticism this season, with Christie in particular blowing too hot and cold. Yet he provided a superb run and cross for the equaliser as well as an expertly performed dummy to allow Taylor in to set-up Edouard for goal number two.
The Frenchman’s finishing, however, needs to be highlighted. It was a tremendous poked volley to get us back on terms. The kind of finish you just don’t see an awful lot of in Scottish football. You then have the second in which he held on to the ball well to take it away from goalkeeper Zander Clark before finishing it off. Tremendous.
Celtic needed their big players to turn up and produce the goods for them today. Edouard, to his credit, did just that to make it eight goals in six games.