CELTIC have gone on a seven-game winning sequence since they toppled 2-0 to Livingston in the team’s worst display of the season at the start of last month.
It was a miserable afternoon where the eight-in-a-row champions didn’t turn up against opponents who are always going to adopt an in-your-face attitude to the beautful game. To those within earshot at the Tony Macaroni Arena dressig rooms afterwards, it appeared fuming boss Neil Lennon had plenty to say to his players about their non-performance.
Obvoiusly, his words did not fall on deaf ears.
The last time Fraser Forster was required to pick the ball out of his net on Premiership duty was that forgettable day on a horrible playing surface obviously not designed for team who like to get the ball down and actually play football.
Lyndon Dykes, Livi’s lumbering attack-leader, raced between Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer, the central defenders who had toiled throughout the 90 minutes, and lobbed the ball deftly over the stranded keeper for the killer strike.
Since then, the Hoops have beaten Ross County 6-0, Aberdeen 4-0, St Mirren 2-0 and Motherwell 2-0 and have looked a lot more like the team we all know they can be.
They came off the back of a historic 2-1 triumph over Lazio in Rome on Thursday night to do the business again against a battling Fir Park outfit yesterday.
CQN‘s ace snappers were there to capture the action. Here is the pick of the pics.
TWO INTO ONE…Kristoffer Ajer leads the charge towards the Motherwell goal.
CAPTAIN’S ROLE…Scott Brown fights for the ball.
ON THE BALL…Odsonne Edouard powers forward as Dermot Gallagher prepares to tackle.
WALLOP…Mohamed Elyounoussi thumps a shot at goal.
WORKING A FLANKER…James Forrest prepares to take on an opponent.
HIGH AND MIGHTY…Fraser Forster clears the danger.
THREE CHEERS…Odsonne Edouard is congratulated by Callum McGregor and James Forrest after the opening goal.
HEAD BHOY…Jeremie Frimpong shows his prowess in the air.
BY THE LEFT…Jonny Hayes hares down the wing.
MY BALL…Christopher Jullien looks quite happy to be in charge.
PUSH OFF…Jeremie Frimpong gets up close and personal with a Well defender.
CRYING SHAME…Olivier Ntcham rues the one that got away.
STYLE AND POISE…Callum McGregor is a study in artistry.
OOPS…Olivier Ntcham gets a close-up view as Mark Gillespie is beaten by team-mate Richard Tait for the second goal.
WHOOPS…Jeremie Frimpong, Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest celebrate, but Dermot Gallagher refrains from joining in.