Motherwell talent Nathan McGinley has held his hands up to the quality of Celtic as he reflected on his side’s hammering at the hands of the Hoops last week.
Heading into the international break there were plenty of questions being asked of Neil Lennon’s men. However, the Bhoys turned on the style at Fir Park to secure a commanding 4-1 victory courtesy of a Mohamed Elyounoussi hat-trick.
But even the Celtic supporters couldn’t have failed to notice McGinley’s influence on proceedings. The Steelmen left-back was ranked as Motherwell’s second-best performer by WhoScored, securing a terrific score of 7.13/10 for his display.
Indeed, the Hoops often struggled to target him as a weak point, with his composure on the ball as well as his distribution as tidy as anyone else’s in Claret and Amber. But McGinley was evidently even more impressed with Celtic too:
As quoted by the Daily Record, the Englishman said: “Celtic are a top side and when you look at the subs they brought on it that game, the depth of their squad is great.
“So to be challenging them for the full game was great. I think we had our chances, but they were more clinical with theirs. I don’t really feel the scoreline represented the game. We gave daft goals away, but as a team we played well.
“We were in the game for large periods and all we can do is take the positives from it really and crack on from there.”
Celtic’s depth should be one of our biggest strengths this season
McGinley in fact makes an extremely pertinent point about Celtic’s strength in depth.
When Neil Lennon decided to turn to his subs at Fir Park last weekend, he brought on Odsonne Edouard, Olivier Ntcham, Shane Duffy, and Hatem Elhamed respectively. That’s a fine list of talent if all are playing at their peak level.
You have to wonder, then, why the Hoops have struggled so badly without some of their top stars in recent games. The performance against Rangers particularly comes to mind. When you take two or three of Celtic’s first-choice starting XI out of the equation, we struggle more than we should with the quality we have in reserve.
Even rhyming off the names who didn’t come on at Fir Park would make you chuckle. The likes of Greg Taylor, David Turnbull, Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths were all left rooted to the bench. It’s a tremendous pool of players, and it’s no wonder that McGinley was in awe of what we brought on in North Lanarkshire.
However, it’s also undeniable that the manager is struggling to get a tune out of too many of them. Whilst the Motherwell win was a positive start, it’s vital we ensure that it wasn’t just a one-off.
Hibs at Easter Road cannot come quickly enough. Here’s hoping we end up with a similar scoreline – three points is an absolute must.