3 talking points with Celtic dominance give way to injury fears despite Kyogo Furuhashi dropping hearts

Saw the arrogant Celtic Hearts show in Parkhead but the manager Angie Postecoglou He had a headache.

The dominant performance resulted in a 1-0 win only, Kyogo Furuhashi The supply of the dagger, but the hosts were not without casualties.

Anthony Ralston, from And Stephen Welch had injuries, which is the last thing their manager wanted to see as some big games approached.

Celtic He made it eight times unbeaten and reduced the gap to four points, but anxiety would now prevail over the fate of these three main men.

Postecoglou welcomed Tom Rogic and Karl Starvelt back to the starting line-up as Liam Boyce was left on the visitors’ bench.

The hosts were in front since kick-off, with Josh Genley scrambling inside the penalty area to stop James Forrest from shooting the ball wide.

The man of hearts couldn’t deny the winger after a few minutes but didn’t have to after an unusual foul.

Craig Gordon saved Jota’s shot but the goalkeeper couldn’t hold back and Forrest was on hand to follow.

With a goal gap though, the Scotland international got it all wrong and somehow poked it at the post from about a yard away.

Gordon didn’t cover himself in glory there, but he made up for it as he was at his best to flip Calum McGregor’s frenzied effort around the position.

There was nothing he could do despite Celtic’s lead after the half-hour mark.

Anthony Ralston had plenty of space on the right and sent a teasing ball across the face of the goal.

It was a call that Kyogo was not missing as he covered the ball past Gordon from close range, although Hearts might well ask if the Japanese star was offside when the cross was made.

This proved Ralston’s last real involvement as he withdrew shortly after injury to Adam Montgomery, a change that saw Josip Juranovic transition into his more famous role on the right.

Celtic’s dominance was almost complete in the first half as they sent out 11 shots and allowed Hearts to own just 28 per cent.

This pattern continued after the break, as the collared shirts set up camp at the Jambus Half.

It didn’t take long for Nelson to turn to Boyce, as the forward served up in the 55th minute in place of ineffective Ben Woodburn.

No matter how dominant they are, this Celtic team will always give you a chance and it was a team with gilded edges that gave it to Stephen Kingsley.

The full-back was left completely unchecked on the corner and only had to pass his head past Joe Hart but inexplicably looked at her off the far post.

After welcoming the return of Rojic and Peyton, the last thing Postecoglou wanted to see was a fresh streak of injuries but he got a double punch.

Jota first grabbed his hamstrings after a quick sprint and then, moments later, Welch came down and signaled he’d have to go down as well.

Celtic could still put an arc on the score when James Forrest passed one-on-one but was blocked by Gordon’s outstretched foot.

Despite some of Hearts’ late pressure, it was a comforting win for Celtic, but they left with as many new injuries as the points.

3 talking points

Ange-ball in full swing

It was a shaky start for Ange Postecoglou but he always said it would take time to implement his ideas.

The difficult start sparked fears he might not get the time, but Thursday night showed just how far Celtic’s side have come.

They were beaten by Hearts on opening day but – apart from Kingsley’s head – no danger was seen here.

On top of that, they played some real high quality stuff and high tempo and were really supposed to score more.

The final draw with Livingston colored things but looking at the bigger picture, Celtic are now unbeaten on eight points and have only lost two points in that round.

In this form they can totally challenge the title – if they can keep everyone fit.

It’s a bold strategy, Nelson

They may have left Liam Boyce on the bench but that doesn’t mean hearts were timid here.

Robbie Neilson set up a bold 4-2-3-1 system – albeit looking more like a 4-5-1 exit from possession – but it didn’t pay off.

The Jambos seemed to be looking to rally Callum McGregor in the middle of the park but with a little pressure on their line of defence, Celtic were able to control the ball and hold 71% in the first half.

Madden decisions

They say they even went out over the course of the season, and based on the 90 minutes, that may be true.

Celtic deserved their first goal but Kyogo looked offside when Anthony Ralston hit him with a superb cross.

The flag went up in the second half with a Celtic free kick when Karl Starvelt was sentenced to kick, but while the Swede spoiled his layoff anyway, he was at least in a yard.

It’s easy to pile on the referees but neither was a particularly difficult decision and his assistants Bobby Madden didn’t help.


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