St Mirren goalkeeper left mightily impressed with "relentless" Celtic
St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has been left heavily impressed after being overwhelmed by Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday.
The former Rangers goalkeeper was part of the St Mirren side that won 2-1 at the same venue back in January. He stated after that one that he had absolutely nothing to do [Glasgow Times]. That certainly wasn’t he case on Saturday as Celtic rifled home six goals against the 10-man Buddies who had Alan Power sent off early on.
The victory added to the impressive statistics Postecoglou’s team have been racking up. Six consecutive wins in all competitions and 16 goals scored in four domestic games alone.
And it appears Alnwick came out of Saturday’s game with Celtic having left a much better impression on him.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the Saints stopper said: “You look at Celtic under their new manager and they’re just relentless. They just look like a well-drilled team who do not stop. Even when it was 6-0 they were still getting it down and trying to do things quickly, to try and beat you 10-0 or 15-0.
“That just seems to be the attitude they’ve got. We didn’t make it easy for ourselves but we’ll never fault the lads’ effort or commitment. Everyone dug in. If you had asked anyone before the game they would have said St Mirren would get beat 4-0 or 5-0.
“I thought the lads tried to get what they could from the game. It was obviously difficult but we’re not going to be judged on playing away at Celtic Park. And we’re not judged on that sort of scoreline.”
Celtic racking up the goals and performances; St Mirren won’t be the only victim
Celtic just won’t turn the intensity down. They refuse to, and it’s causing the lesser Premiership teams real problems when they come to Parkhead. St Mirren followed Dundee in getting destroyed 6-0. In both matches, it could’ve been 10 or 12.
However, they aren’t the only victims either. AZ Alkmaar also succumbed to Celtic’s high press whilst Hearts should’ve been on the end of a similar hiding in our 3-2 League Cup win last weekend.
Celtic are leaving a brilliant impression on anyone who watches them. Their blistering form in the final third is capturing the imagination, and making many rethink their pre-season title predictions.
Of course, there are some big questions to be asked of Postecoglou’s team yet. Whether it can produce the consistency required is the main one. Another being whether we can grind out results when things aren’t clicking for us like they did against St Mirren and Dundee respectively.
There will be times when Kyogo Furuhashi just keeps missing. When Liel Abada just can’t get his crossing range right. When we just aren’t clicking in the midfield and produce sloppy passes that give the ball away. It’s whether we can still come out with three points in those games that will result in where the title ends up in May.
But the early signs are certainly encouraging. Celtic fans couldn’t have imagined the club being in as good a position squad-wise or mentally when you think of last season. Let’s see if we can now take the next step and show some consistency.