Parkhead looked amazing today a full stadium a wonderful pitch the perfect setting to have a championship party,alongside a bright young manager who’s team delivered the goods in season 2014-15,ok we didn’t start the best and it took the team and the manager several months to kick into gear but when they did the whole thing just clicked,the premier league trophy proudly sits alongside the league cup won earlier this year ,fruits of the clubs labour in a long hard season where a treble was denied the club by the usual suspects,im not going to dwell on that though as there is so much more to celebrate….
One thing im glad about is the bond the fans have with Ronnie Deila..having delivered the goods this season he’s a hero to the parkhead faithful ,the Norwegians football philosophy has been very visible ..high fitness ,pressing the ball ,counter attacks,Also his 2nd in command has had a big influence as well in the fitness stakes,John Collins always wants the players to be as fit as they can possibly be,put it all together and the results are easy to see,the players will be glad to get the season finished so they can prepare for the next one,4 titles in a row and hopefully most of the players who’ve won this one will stick around for the 5th…..
The celebrations on the pitch today after that fine 5-0 victory over Inverness were brilliant ,Harold brattback presented the trophy to Scott Brown and the team as the celebrations kicked off ,it was nice to see wee jay on the pitch joining in with the celebrations ,he’s become a part of the whole thing last few years and it always brings a wee smile to my face ,seeing him doing the Ronnie roar with the boss was class…
On the pitch today the team was in sparkling form it took only 5 mins for the champs to open the scoring with Stefan Scepovic scoring with a tap in from close range,Nir Bitton looked to get a touch as well but Scepovic claimed the goal rightly and tv pictures proved it was his goal just….
Celtic bossed the game and Inverness were camped in their half for most of the opening exchanges and it wasnt a surprise when Celtic scored number 2 Stefan Johanson swept a shot first time into the net from a Izaguirre burst into the box and cutback, that was on 18 mins and already it looked like Inverness were in for a long day..
On 32 mins Celtic should have had a penalty like in the cup tie but once again the referee somehow missed the offence Having collected a corner, Bitton scooped the ball back into the mix, which Van Dijk headed towards goal. But the outstretched arm of Danny Williams diverted the ball beyond the post,on another day that might have been costly but Celtic never really looked like losing the game today and on 70 Johanson passed to Forrest who in turn setup Scepovic for his 2nd with a nice finish low into the net..
Leigh Griffith would be introduced to the game as a substitute and no sooner had he come on he had his 20th goal of the season and the 4th of the day for the team,the x Hibernian and Wolves striker has been a revelation for the team this year and only really establishing himself as number 1 striker after the turn of the year to score 20 goals is some feat..
As time closed out to the end of another fine season Kris Commons popped up with goal number 5 … Izaguirre drove forward with purpose and picked out the attacker on the edge of the area. He took a touch and then rifled a right-foot shot beyond Esson,a fine end to a wonderful day in paradise its been a good one,standouts for me this year have been Bitton and Johanson but you can’t really single individuals out its so hard,the whole team has been great ,im looking forward to season 2015-16 and hopefully getting 5 in a row,you never tire of days like today Celtic football club is one big family were all so lucky to be part of it ,id just like to say to any followers of the blog thanks for checking in ………the new season will be upon us before we know it,meanwhile again thank you for the support hh and god bless………………………..
Official Match Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Sunday, May 24, 2015
(Scepovic 5, 70 Johansen 18, Griffiths 80, Commons 89)
INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE…0
CELTIC signed off their season in style, thumping Inverness Caley Thistle 5-0 on the day that Paradise celebrated a fourth successive title triumph.Stefan Scepovic bagged a brace on his first start in nearly six months, book-ending Stefan Johansen’s 13th goal of the season as the Hoops played with the authority of champions.Clinical finishes from substitutes Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons sealed the victory in the final 10 minutes as the volume was cranked up ahead of the post-match trophy presentation.And after Ronny Deila and Scott Brown addressed the Hoops faithful on the pitch, thanking them for their brilliant backing throughout the campaign, former Celt Harald Brattbakk – given a hero’s welcome on his return to Celtic Park – handed the silverware over to the skipper to get the title party into full swing.
The inclusion of Scepovic was one of six changes to the team that drew with St Johnstone last Friday night. Craig Gordon, Virgil van Dijk, Emilio Izaguirre, Nir Bitton and Johansen were also restored to the side, with Lukasz Zaluska, Efe Ambrose, Kieran Tierney,Commons, Gary Mackay-Steven and Griffiths dropping out.It only took Scepovic five minutes to make his mark on the contest as he opened the scoring amid some confusion.Liam Polworth was penalised for pulling back Johansen down the right. The Norwegian swung the resultant free-kick towards the back post, and it was headed back across goal by Virgil van Dijk. Both Nir Bitton and Scepovic were on hand to apply the finish, but it was the latter who got the decisive touch.
Greeted by a Guard of Honour from the visitors, and roared on by a bumper crowd, Celtic had started with gusto and they almost quickly doubled their advantage as Izaguirre’s cross was headed towards his own goal by an Inverness defender, whose blushes were spared by Carl Tremarco on the line.After Tarmo Kink had fired wide for the Highlanders on a rare foray forward, the Hoops launched a swift breakaway, culminating in Scepovic’s first-time shot being blocked by Ryan Esson.It was one-way traffic as the hosts offered up some vibrant, flowing football, typified by a flowing move down the left in the 16th minute.
After a swift exchange of passes, Brown set Izaguirre scampering into the box with a deft back-heel, and the Honduran’s centre was inches away from the lurking Scepovic.A similar move, moments later, proved more profitable. Again, the enterprising Izaguirre burst into the box, and his precise cutback was swept into the corner by Johansen.The Bhoys continued to probe for further reward, forcing the beleaguered visitors into some desperate defending as a series of crosses flew into the box from either flank, with Adam Matthews and Izaguirre prominent.And it took some unconventional – and illegal – defending to prevent Celtic adding a third.
Having collected a corner, Bittton scooped the ball back into the mix, which van Dijk headed towards goal. But the outstretched arm of Danny Williams diverted the ball beyond the post. However, referee Kevin Clancy missed the offence.Maintaining their dominance either side of half-time, it only seemed a matter of time before Ronny Deila’s men added to their tally.The clearest opening in this period came the way of Armstrong but the former Dundee United man couldn’t keep his shot down after connecting with James Forrest’s cutback.The pace of proceedings dipped as Celtic knocked the ball around in the May sunshine and Inverness defended in depth.
However, the match exploded into life again in the 70th minute as Scepovic grabbed his second of the game. Johansen found Forrest in the box with a precise pass and the winger’s low delivery was met by Scepovic, who made no mistake.That was the signal for the home crowd to crank up the volume once again, and they had further reason to cheer as substitute Griffiths inflicted further punishment on the visitors, drilling a shot into the far corner just minutes after entering the fray.With just seconds remaining on the clock, Commons ensured Celtic finished, fiitingly, with a flourish.
Izaguirre drove forward with purpose and picked out the attacker on the edge of the area. He took a touch and then rifled a right-foot shot beyond Esson.It was the perfect prelude to the much-awaited trophy presentation, started by Stevie Frail’s victorious Youth Cup final squad, as the manager and the players took the salute of the crowd to bring another successful season to a close for the Scottish Champions.
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Matthews (Mulgrew 68), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Forrest, Johansen, Armstrong (Commons 68); Scepovic
Not Used: Zaluska, Ambrose, Stokes, Mackay-Steven
INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (4-3-3) Esson; Horner, Warren, Devine, Tremarco; Vincent, Polworth, Williams; Christie (Doran 62), Kink (Sutherland 75) Ross
Not Used: Mackay, Brown, Watkins