Celtic have scored 12 goals in two league games after an emphatic 5-2 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. The Hoops recovered from going a goal down to cruise to victory. Neil Lennon will be delighted with both the result and the performance. He made changes with the game against Cluj in mind, and they paid off.
Here, we rate the Celtic players who helped the Hoops to their first win at Fir Park in three years:
SCOTT BAIN – 5
Not his finest game for the Hoops. Should have done far better with Liam Donnelly’s goal which gave Motherwell the lead in the game. Also seemed to find kick-outs hazardous to deal with. Lennon will no doubt keep faith in the player for Cluj, but he will be hoping that his number one performs better in the Champions League qualifier.
KRISTOFFER AJER – 8
Another excellent performance from the Hoops defender. Played at right-back and scored a fine goal to level the game at 1-1. Will likely be back at centre-back against Cluj but so far this season he has shown that he has a more than able replacement at right-back.
NIR BITTON – 6
Back at centre-back and partnering Christopher Jullien. He is a favourite of Neil Lennon and it is easy to understand why as he didn’t look out-of-place filling in at centre-back. It will be intriguing to see if he keeps his place in the team when all the central defenders are available once more.
CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN – 6
Made his long-awaited competitive debut for Celtic, and performed reasonably well enough. Will be annoyed with Motherwell’s second goal that he didn’t win the header that led to the goal. It is still early days in his Celtic career though, and he will surely only improve as the weeks go by.
BOLI BOLINGOLI-MBOMBO – 6
An up and down day for the Hoops left-back. He seemed to struggle very badly at the start of the game, but grew into it as the match went on. Came close to putting the Hoops 2-1 ahead before his assist set up James Forrest for Celtic’s third goal. Can be pleased with his performance in the end.
SCOTT BROWN – 6
Looked a bit overawed at the start of the game, as Motherwell swamped the middle of the park. He quickly got to grips with the game though, and turned in his usual dominant display. Perhaps playing three games in a week is starting to catch up on him, but he is too important to drop at the moment.
OLIVER NTCHAM – 6
Perhaps a surprise inclusion ahead of in-form Ryan Christie. The ‘number 1o’ role perhaps didn’t suit him as much as it does Christie. However, he still sprayed around some fine passes, and was constantly looking to drive the Hoops forward. Will probably be back on the bench against Cluj though.
JAMES FORREST – 7
By his high standards he was in and out of the game. But he managed to have a huge impact on the match. His pinpoint pass set up Kristoffer Ajer for the Hoops’ equaliser. He then put Celtic 3-1 up with a lovely finish into the bottom corner of the net. He will be vital to Celtic’s chances against Cluj.
CALLUM McGREGOR – 6
Similar to many of the Hoops players, he started the game slowly, but got more into the match the more the Hoops dominated the game. Was constantly trying to drive the side forward as the Hoops looked to score more goals. He has played better for Celtic though.
LEWIS MORGAN – 6
Recovered from a poor start and played well in the second-half. Neil Lennon obviously has faith in the player who has started the Hoops’ last two games. It will be interesting to see if he gets the nod to start against Cluj. That could well depend on the fitness of Mikey Johnston.
LEIGH GRIFFITHS – 7
Three goals already this season for the Celtic striker. His free-kick put the Hoops 2-1 up, and built a platform for the Hoops to win the game on. If he stays fit, he could easily score 20 goals plus for the Hoops this season. Neil Lennon will be thrilled that Griffiths has lost none of his goalscoring instincts.
Odsonne Edouard (7) turned in a superb cameo performance. He scored an excellent goal and won a penalty. The penalty was converted by Ryan Christie (6), who kept up his great start to the season. Scott Sinclair (4) was on too late to have any impact on the game.