Celtic’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen on Saturday contained an impressive, yet slightly concerning statistic. According to the BBC, Celtic had 28 shots during the game. That is the impressive part of the statistic.
The concerning part will be the fact that only 11 of those shots were on target. That is less than half of the shots the Hoops took. When you have 28 shots in a game, you would expect to score more than two goals.
Hoops boss will want side to be more ruthless
Neil Lennon will be slightly concerned about the number of chances that his side have been missing recently. The Hoops were similarly dominant in the midweek 2-0 win over Hearts, yet conspired to miss a host of chances.
The good thing though is that chances are being created, and in the run of 10 league wins in a row the Hoops have scored at least two goals in each of those fixtures.
Every goal counts at the moment
However, with the goal difference between Celtic and Rangers at the moment only two in Celtic’s favour, every goal seems to be vital at the moment. The Hoops might be a tad disappointed that they didn’t add to their goal tally when Aberdeen were reduced to 10 men.
The most important aspect of the game though, was to make sure that Celtic got the three points to move five points clear at the top of the league once more.
Celtic’s style of play has to be leading to the side giving an opponent a heavy defeat sooner rather than later. It arguably should have happened against Hearts. It could have happened in the first-half against Aberdeen, where Celtic missed a series of chances.
However, once the team clicks, the Hoops could end up scoring four or five goals. That is what will keep Neil Lennon pleased, despite the number of chances the team keep missing. Hopefully that goal rush will come against St Mirren, or even better, against Rangers.