Celtic’s first half display against Hearts yesterday saw the length of the M8 between the teams. The visitors put bodies in the way but were unable to stem the tide towards Craig Gordon’s goal. A sublime pass by Kyogo Furuhashi gave James Forrest space to turn inside and dink a cross that was expertly converted by Odsonne Edouard.
Edouard turned provider when Stephen Welsh towered over the defence to head home as the roof threatened to fall in on the visitors. Hearts stabilised after the break but were not in the contest in any meaningful way until Carl Starfelt mis-controlled the ball inside his penalty area, allowing Liam Boyce to get in the way of his second attempt, resulting in a penalty that was converted by the Hearts stirker.
That sparked Celtic back into life and they soon restored their two-goal cushion through Kyogo. Hearts added time second goal flattered them and came too late to cause any concern.
One of my concerns this month is that we do not shift Odsonne and he leaves on a free at the end of the season. On this showing, a season of him and Kyogo would not be totally without compensation. The partnership looked very promising.