Scottish champions Celtic delivered a much-improved efficiency to see off St Johnstone at Parkhead this afternoon, with the Hoops having been criticised by their supervisor Ange Postecoglou for his or her show through the slender win over Livingston in midweek.
The 57-year-old had instructed that his facet had been “not so good” towards David Martindale’s males regardless of sealing all threee factors, however that criticism appeared to have “lit a fire” in his gamers – within the phrases of journalist John McGinley – because the league leaders produced a rampant show towards the Saints at present.
Two objectives apiece from Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate ensured that the factors had been effectively and really wrapped up contained in the opening 52 minutes, with solely a late comfort from Drey Wright – and a stoppage-time dismissal for David Turnbull – considerably blotting the copybook for the hosts.
The efficiency of Hatate specifically caught the attention because the Japan worldwide produced a “masterclass” in his makeshift right-back function in keeping with McGinley, whereas compatriot Kyogo was simply as influential as he surged his technique to the highest of the scoring charts within the Premiership.
One other participant who was additionally important in sealing Celtic’s 11th consecutive league win was returning World Cup star Aaron Mooy, with the playmaker “strolling it” in midfield (as per journalist Sean Martin) in what was a sometimes stylish and managed efficiency.
Having been “immense” in Qatar for his nation, in keeping with journalist Josh Bunting, the Australian has seemingly introduced that wealthy vein of type again to Glasgow, having excelled at Parkhead at present.
The 32-year-old registered a easy assist for Hatate’s thunderous opener, though it was his involvement within the Hoops’ third objective which was notably spectacular, having break up the defence with a pleasant dinked move for James Forrest to arrange Kyogo’s end.
That was certainly one of three key passes that the previous Brighton and Hove Albion man produced from his 88 touches, having additionally loved an attention grabbing 88% move accuracy fee as a marker of his composure on the ball.
The ‘coronary heart of all the pieces’ for Celtic on the day, Mooy produced a merely ‘excellent’ efficiency – as per Glasgow Live‘s Ryan Thorn – having definitely made his mark on his recall to the beginning line-up.
That efficiency, which earned the 57-cap stalwart a stable 7.3 match ranking from Sofascore, will little doubt have given Postecoglou meals for thought transferring ahead, and there’s now undoubtedly some actual competitors for locations in midfield for the Hoops.