Celtic had the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table this afternoon away to Motherwell but failed to do so despite the home team being down to 10 men for the entire second half. In what was a come down after last week’s Glasgow derby victory, let’s have a look at how the players rated.
Scott Bain (7)
Had some solid stops in the first 20 minutes. Would be an excellent baby-sitter in another life. It’s as if Brendan Rodgers asked him over to mind his kids at his swanky mansion, fully equipped with Sky TV, high speed broadband, fully stocked fridge and a cellar full of wine only to find that the kids need 24/7 attention and love recklessly passing the ball in any direction. Nice save from Main’s free kick in the first half.
Jack Hendry (6)
I looked up the word ‘Solid’ in the dictionary and I found a picture of Jack Hendry. Did everything that was asked of him in the first half and along with the rest of the defence, had minimal to do in the second half. Could have maybe done better with a half chance near the end.
Dedryck Boyata (6)
You know when you read in the news that an unexploded grenade was found and the bomb disposal squad have made it safe and everyone moves on. But when you think about it, it poses more questions than answers. How long was it there? Is there more of them around? Can I just go back to a life where everything was stable and I didn’t have to worry about unexploded grenades? That’s Boyata.
Kristoffer Ajer (6)
Like Hendry, was pretty solid if a little awkward at times. I can’t shake the image of him resembling what Ivan Drago’s son would look like.
Callum McGregor (6)
Asked to cover for Tierney today in a role he has played in before, CalMac got forward when he could to support the attack.
Scott Brown (6)
Typical performance from the captain today. Whatever that thing in Iron Man’s chest is that keeps him alive, that’s what Scott Brown is to this Celtic team. Foolish to hand Motherwell the advantage of going down to 10 men a la Barry Ferguson. Had some company in the booing department when Sinclair arrived.
Olivier Ntcham (6)
Wildfire. Rumour. Butter. Add Ntcham’s passing to the list of things that spread quickly. Replaced by Armstrong after an hour, today wasn’t his best outing after his man of the match performance last week. I feel like Ntcham is like what having dinner in a Michelin star restaurant must feel like. I know the food is good, but I just want a little bit more.
Tom Rogic (7)
The Magic Man. The ball sticks to his feet and today was a great example of that. Had a lovely effort in the first half which went narrowly wide after dazzling the Motherwell defence with a magic trick. Made a few good chances for himself in the second half but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Odsonne Edouard (5)
Last week’s hero French Eddy was unspectacular today. Dribbled past a few players now and again but never really looked like reproducing last week’s exploits. It is safe for the “He’s not worth £7 million” advocates to come back out now.
James Forrest (6)
Lively in spells this afternoon but we have definitely been treated to better performances from him this season. Tried that wee outside of the boot finish he loves in the second half but to no success. Forrest is like that old, reliable toy that will always be around so it will be interesting to see how he performs now the flashy, shiny Patrick Roberts-shaped toy is fixed and ready to play with again.
Moussa Dembele (5)
Seemed to be off the boil today. Had two good chances in the space of ten minutes in the second half that he was unable to take. It’ll be a quieter car journey home tonight for Messrs Dembele, Eddy and Ntcham.
Scott Sinclair (5)
Introduced after an hour for French Eddy and looked to get on the ball immediately. His confidence seems to be shot to pieces though and he should have scored the winner at the end. He is the Armin Tamzarian to last season’s Seymour Skinner.
Stuart Armstrong (5)
Part of a double switch replacing Ntcham, Armstrong gave the ball away a few times after his introduction. He came close to finding the winner near the end with a curling shot but just couldn’t find the top corner.
Patrick Roberts (6)
A welcome return for Celtic’s number 7, Roberts entered the fray with just over 20 minutes left in place of Forrest. Looks eager to make up for lost time and tried to lift the pace with his dribbling. Roberts was very unlucky to rattle the bar with a shot after cutting inside. Offers something that no-one else can with his unpredictable skills.