Timothy Weah played on the right for Celtic tonight, but did it work?
Brendan Rodgers made a decision that nobody expected in tonight’s 2-0 win over Hibernian at Parkhead.
With James Forrest injured, the only natural right-winger available was Oliver Burke. We even believed he would’ve been a certainty to start in that position when the lineup was confirmed earlier.
But, when the game kicked off, it was Weah darting up and down the right looking to make things happen.
Many would’ve questioned that decision. After all, Burke is the natural right-winger, whilst Weah is an out-and-out forward. Neither of the two of them are natural for the positions they played in tonight. But credit to Rodgers.
Weah linked up with Jeremy Toljan to terrific effect. The damage they caused to Hibs down that flank was clear for all to see. Lewis Stevenson was given the runaround by the USA international. He couldn’t deal with his quick turn of pace, and wasn’t getting enough protection.
Despite the fact the on-loan PSG star was quiet for long spells, he burst into life when Toljan pushed forward. He showed plenty of promise down that side, and that Weah-Toljan partnership is definitely one to watch in the future.
Another successful outing for Weah and Burke
As for Burke, his flicks and tricks are getting better each week. He’s clearly not just a bombing runner, even though he can take on any defender in this country with his charges forward.
Tonight, however, he dropped deep and linked-up superbly well with the likes of Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor. Burke’s movement and quick feet continues to create chances for those around him. And to put the icing on the cake tonight, the Scotland international got the goal his performance deserved.
Granted, neither Burke nor Weah put in a perfect performance. Both men lost the ball on multiple occasions. Burke’s flicks sometimes didn’t come off, whilst Weah’s passing was questionable at times.
But both men showed plenty of promise in their respective positions once again. It seems to be that one game Burke will be the star, before Weah makes his impact in the next. Both are taking turns to get the glory, and are continuing to prove to everyone that they are shrewd additions.
A good tactical tweak from Rodgers, as he continues to experiment with his attacking players.