Celtic’s 5-0 win over Hearts on Wednesday night was a memorable occasion for a number of reasons. The Hoops’ emphatic win, coupled with Rangers’ 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock, saw Neil Lennon’s side move 10 points clear at the top of the league.
That might prove to be enough of a lead to see Celtic all but secure nine in a row. Neil Lennon won’t be taking the title for granted, but he will be delighted with the gap at the top of the table.
However, moving away from that, one aspect of Celtic’s win in particular would have pleased Lennon – it is that two of the Hoops’ five goals came from set pieces.
Both Christopher Jullien and Jozo Simunovic found the back of the net with headers in the second-half.
Set pieces proving to be a threat
Lennon will be pleased to see Celtic providing a threat from set pieces, as for too long they didn’t lead to goals, aside from Odsonne Edouard’s free-kicks.
However, the return of Leigh Griffiths to the side might have changed that, as he is the man who usually takes the Hoops corners.
Indeed, it was his corner which lead to Jullien’s goal. He was off the pitch when Simunovic scored his header, as Ryan Christie took that corner.
Hoops look set to break 100 goal barrier
The Hoops have scored 77 goals so far in the Premiership this season, and with 12 league games to go, look set to easily smash the 100 goal barrier.
Players seem to be chipping in with all sorts of goals, and adding strikes from corner kicks could well add to that tally.
Celtic look capable of scoring at will in games at the moment. That has most recently been down to the likes of Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest.
Hopefully the two set piece goals against Hearts lead to a deluge of strikes from corners between now and the end of the season, as it will prove goals don’t need to come from individual brilliance.