Jonny Hayes and Oliver Burke are rightly receiving praise following the drubbing of St Johnstone yesterday, deservedly so. I have a latent worry that Callum McGreogr will be moved to left back against Valencia on Thursday, as he was at Ibrox in December, but Jonny’s solid performance will hopefully see Brendan Rodgers maintain faith in him for our Europa League tie.
Burke is a handful to play against. Still only 21, he has the speed and power to stretch a defence, which will occupy the thoughts of Valencia scouts as they plan for Thursday. They will not want to leave space for him to exploit.
It says much the form of Scott Sinclair that his hat-trick was one of the less noteworthy aspects of the game. 10 goals in 9 games since Christmas is exceptional. He has the experience and engine to find space. Watch his run for the opening goal against St Johnstone. When Oliver Burke crossed the ball, Scott was 20 yards from goal and not on any defender’s radar, but he made up 18 yards to get on the end of the cross.
All three players need confidence to be at their best. If we want to come through a difficult February in good shape, helping them maintain their confidence will help.