Tommy Wright, manager of Celtic’s Saturday opponents St Johnstone, was left impressed by the performance of the Hoops after our 7-0 win at Celtic Park, BBC Scotland report.
Neil Lennon’s team were outstanding against the visitors on flag day with Ryan Christie looking in particularly red hot form, netting a hat-trick.
It was our biggest margin of victory since Ronny Deila’s final game in May 2016, when we beat Motherwell with the same scoreline.
Admitting that his team played poorly, Wright also accepted that the Hoops were brilliant.
As quoted by BBC Scotland, he said: “There were two teams on the pitch – one was absolutely brilliant and the other was poor. We conceded early and did not have enough belief when we had the ball.
“At least four of the goals are outside of the box with people not doing their jobs. This afternoon shows there is a huge gulf in class of the squads but it’s one we dust ourselves down from.”
Can Celtic maintain this hot streak?
Since February, battering opposition teams into submission has been tough at Celtic Park. It’s not often we’ve left managers compelled to admit we deserved massive margins of victory.
Prior to the recent Nomme Kalju fixture we hadn’t beaten any team by more than a single goal at home during the manager’s second spell.
Lennon now appears to have gotten to the root of that problem. The Hoops were irresistible from the off against St Johnstone. The team look more relaxed and there’s a direct urgency to our game we’ve been lacking.
Maintaining that will be more difficult.
However, if we can carry this form beyond August we should have enough to reach the group stages of the Champions League.
With Motherwell, Hearts and Rangers on the immediate horizon in the Scottish Premiership too, we need to be at our best.