If Celtic were not so “relentless” © Steven Gerrard, Kilmarnock’s early goal could have led to a consequential result for the champions, but the win was never in any real doubt. This is a team with oceans in reserve.
Jozo Simunovic conceded the penalty that led to Kilmarnock’s goal. Thereafter, the central defender seemed compelled to atone, which he eventually did, with an assist for Odsonne Edouard. With no shortage of talent and still only 25, Jozo will forever struggle against injury. I cannot make my mind up on what I expect from the player in future.
While Celtic were beating Kilmarnock, news filtered through that Newco bucked the trend of recent away league defeats by picking up their first point from nine on the road. Grinding out points like that are the reason Gerrard’s men are comfortably ahead in the Best of the Rest race; they lead Motherwell by 22 points.
It is now not matter a question of if, but when, Celtic win the league. If Newco win their game in hand, Celtic will have a nine-point advantage, with a goal difference surplus of 20 over their nearest challenger. ‘Nine’ is coming, get emotionally ready for it.
Copenhagen rested five outfield players in a 1-1 draw at bottom of the table Silkeborg yesterday. This result allowed Midtjyland to extend their lead at the top of the table to nine points. The 3282 spectators at the game will be significantly different to the packed Celtic Park the Danes will experience on Thursday.