The First thing that struck me about tonight’s fine win was the….. passing,.. interplay and closing down all came together in one game…the teams been threatening to give a team a hiding in recent weeks it happened early season against Dundee utd but following that game we were up and down with our form,if the lads can put together a run and play like they have last 2 games the rest of the season should be a treat….its no coincidence that Ronnie Deilas style of football may just be starting to shine through,credit where credit is due the manager has had a tough start to his Celtic tenure,i personally said he should be given time and my hope is now that the fans will join together as one and back Ronnie and the Bhoys …
I don’t usually like to single out players for praise as it’s a team game and we won as a team tonight ,but Guidettis performance tonight was outstanding,and Izaguirre and Lustig were different class ,looking around during the game you could see the desire of the players to win the ball back pressing thistle high on the edge of their own box ,the crossing from both flanks was pin point and with delivery like that week in week out the strikers should score a lot of goals….
The game itself was a decent watch not just for the goals but the passing and movement between the players was entertaining for the numbers who turned up on a cold October night to Celtic park,Mikel Lustig should have opened the scoring on 25 mins with a great header from the back post but the Swedish defender missed the chance ,the fans didn’t have to wait long to see another Swede score with a fantastic free kick from the edge of the box,Guidetti quick becoming a fans favourite blasted a topper of a free kick into the thistle net 1-0 …….
First half came and went with the odd chance here and there, but the half ended with more to talk about the treatment Guidetti was receiving from the Partick Thistle players…. a shocking tackle by Brannigan on 44 mins looked like a leg breaker all the way and the thistle player was rightly sent packing by the referee,throughout the half the big Swede was subjected to some rough stuff ,but for the player himself he was to have the last laugh come the end of the game ….
2 nd half started at a fast pace and within 3 mins of the restart a unlikely scorer in Emilio Izaguirre scored after a fine 1-2 with Stokes who flicked the ball over the thistle defence and izzy slotted home 2-0… By now thistle looked a beaten team,but if you thought Celtic were going to ease up …then it was the total opposite within the space of 10 mins John Guidetti had completed his hatrick ,his 2nd was yet another brilliant free kick from 20yrds dead centre of the pitch,he’s certainly taken up the mantel of free kick taker and with the two beauty’s tonight long may that continue,his 3rd to complete his first hatrick for Celtic and claim the match ball was from the penalty spot 4-0 …….
Anthony Stokes went off to be replaced by Lee Griffith and the replacement didn’t take long to get evolved in the scoring on 62 mins to make it 5-0 a bullet header after yet another brilliant Izaguirre cross ,it would have been about now Celtic could have shut up shop and played out the remaining 28 mins but with every pass and move you could see Celtic wanted yet more goals..
Hero of the night John Guidetti left the field on 63 mins to be cheered from the pitch and replaced with fellow striker Scepcovic a good nights work complete the big swede could rest his battle scared body ,the nights scoring was to come to an end on 68 mins when Griffith helped himself to number 6..
The semi final draw will take place on sat where Celtic will be joined by Aberdeen,Sevco5088,and Dundee utd….ties to be played ..end of Jan start of Feb
Tonight was one way traffic and the football philophosy of Ronnie Deila seems to be becoming more evident game by game if the fans can just unite now behind him and the team i think our season can really be a successful one …i think we can expect a treble this season …what combination that treble is I don’t know but I think it can be achieved to win the 4 trophys on offer would be a big ask ,i want 3 il settle for 2 …hh
Celtic v Inverness CT
1st November 2014
Kick Off 15:00
Official Match Report
League Cup quarter-final
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
(Guidetti 30, 52, 56 Izaguirre 48, Griffiths 62, 68)
GOAL-machine John Guidetti hammered in his first Celtic hat-trick as the Hoops thrashed 10-man Partick Thistle 6-0 in Paradise to book their place in the League Cup semi-final.The Swedish striker demonstrated his dead-ball dexterity with two fantastic free-kicks either side of half-time, and he claimed his treble from the penalty spot with just 56 minutes on the clock.
By that stage, victory was already assured, with Emilio Izaguirre scoring his first goal in four years for the club to give the Scottish champions a three-goal cushion.Thistle’s cause was not helped by Stuart Bannigan’s red card seconds before the interval for a crude challenge on Guidetti.
And substitute Leigh Griffiths compounded the visitors’ misery with a late double to seal the Hoops’ spot in the semi-finals, with the draw taking place on Saturday evening. Anthony Stokes returned to the starting XI as Rony Deila made three changes from the team who defeated Kilmarnock 2-0 on Sunday.The striker replaced Stefan Scepovic, with Mikael Lustig and Charlie Mulgrew also restored to the side.
Adam Matthews and Mubarak Wakaso dropped out.Clear chances were a rare commodity in the opening exchanges as both sides vied for supremacy, though former Celtic youngster Bannigan did give a signal of the visitors’ intent by firing over from 25 yards after intercepting Mulgrew’s clearance.
Lustig had shown plenty of early enterprise down the right, and it was the Swede who carved out Celtic’s first opportunity in the 13th minute. His inviting cross was met by an unmarked Stokes at the far post but the Irishman couldn’t divert his header on target.The Jags replied with a flowing move down the right which culminated in James Craigen flashing a low effort narrowly wide for the post. Celtic had to up their game – and they did.After a spell of sustained pressure, Johansen picked out Lustig’s well-timed run into the box with a lovely ball and the defender’s header was blocked by Fox at his near post.
On the half-hour mark, the breakthrough arrived. Guidetti was fouled on the angle of the box and the striker picked himself up before finding the top corner from the free-kick, with a powerful, curling effort.
Buoyed by their opening goal, Celtic were now piecing together some slick passages of play but were wasteful with the final ball.That gave Alan Archibald’s side hope – Nathan Eccleston took aim from 20 yards but Craig Gordon was right behind his rasping effort and made a comfortable stop.However, a moment of madness from Bannigan on the stroke of half-time left the visitors with an uphill task.
The midfielder recklessly slid in on Guidetti on the touchline and referee Kevin Glancy had no option other than to give him his marching orders.Guidetti looked in considerable pain but he was able to continue after treatment – and he would inflict further agony on the Maryhill side after the break.However, it would be an unlikely source who would plunder Celtic’s next goal – Emilio Izaguirre.
The popular Honduran hadn’t found the net in four years but he fastened on to Stokes’ flick on and steered the ball under Fox with a superb right-foot finish. His delight was understandable and evident.Moments later, Guidetti effectively ended the contest with another stunning set-piece from 25 yards. This time Fox didn’t move as the ball whizzed past the keeper into the top corner.
The 22-year-old could sense a first Celtic hat-trick was in the offing and only three minutes later he could lay claim to the match ball.Sent tumbling in the box by Abdul Osman, referee Glancy pointed immediately to the spot. There was only one candidate to take the penalty, and Guidetti made no mistake, thumping the ball emphatically into the corner.With progress now ensured, Stokes was replaced by Griffiths and it only took the former Hibs hit-man four minutes to make his mark.Johansen’s pass sent Izaguirre scampering clear down the left and his pinpoint cross was clinically finished by a Griffiths header.
Guidetti then left the field to a rapturous reception and probably to Thistle’s relief. But despite the absence of the super Swede, Celtic continued to run amok and they quickly broke Thistle’s resistance again.
Fox had already almost been disposed by Guidetti but he failed to heed that lesson in the 68th minute as Griffiths blocked his clearance and the ball trundled into the net.Mubarak Wakaso, Stefan Scepovic and Griffiths had further chances in the closing stages but Thistle were spared further humiliation as Celtic booked a semi-final spot at Hampden.
CELTIC (4-3-3) Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Mulgrew, Johansen; McGregor (Wakaso 46), Guidetti (Scepovic 63),Stokes (Griffiths 58).
Not Used: Zaluska, Matthews, Ambrose, Kayal
PARTICK THISTLE (4-1-4-1) Fox; O’Donnell, Balatoni, Seabourne, McMillan; Elliot (Carroll 64), Craigan, Osman, Bannigan, Lawless (Higginbotham 57; Eccleston (Doolan 59).Not Used: Gallacher, Stevenson, Frans, Wilson