I had a look back to see when we last played as well. 0-4 at Easter Road? 0-4 at Livingston? You could make the case that last night’s 4-0 win over St Mirren was our best performance since the same score against Newco in September. Remember, before a narrow loss at Tynecastle on Saturday, Saints were undefeated since 5 November.
Jota set the tempo. He drew and disposed of defenders early in the game, which disorientated the visitors. Everything that followed looked easy. Liel Abada again showed his striker’s instinct by finding space inside a packed penalty area, then, when his chance came, he kept his thunderous shot down. So many players instinctively hit chances like this with all their might, unconcerned by the probability it will fly over the crossbar.
The second goal was a delight. Hatate sent an inch-perfect forward pass, only just beyond the last defender. Kyogo used his low centre of gravity to shield the ball before lobbing it over the keeper to watch it dip into the net. As with Abada’s goal, attempts like this more often than not fly over the bar. The joys of keeping it down are great.
Fair play to St Mirren, who unlike other recent visitors, came to compete. That forward thinking cost them when Jota found Kyogo on the break for the third goal. David Turnbull’s goal was a reminder that he is the best in the squad from outside the box – an underrated attribute.
Yuki Kobayashi (22) made a flawless debut, in for the injured Cameron Carter-Vickers. The left-footer allowed Carl Starfelt to move to his more natural right-side position. Stiffer tests lie ahead for Yuki, but having natural left-right footed central defenders is always a plus.
With Celtic in this form, you almost feel sorry for the rest. I mean, can you imagine being the guy having to compete with a winning machine like Celtic?