The Celtic Star’s Player Ratings v Aberdeen: Days Championships Are Won

25
Feb
2018

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

 

The Celtic Star is the place to go for all match previews, reviews and daily news. Our ratings are below and you can read David Potter’s Match Report Here. Obviously after you read the ratings! News of a new podcast is included at the end. 

Dorus De Vries: Hologram gloves, stood up was counted and saved a few shots. Seemingly all with a dodgy back. Rating 7.

Mikael Lustig: As his song goes: “Looking back to when we first meet” it’s difficult to watch him go through such a tough period but football is an unforgiving beast and time moves on. He brought the sending off on himself. Rating 3.

Jozo Simunovic: In the face of some farcical refereeing decisions -any time he breathed on the snide Kenny McLean a free kick was awarded – he stood tall and did what all Eastern European centre halves do when faced with a battle. He enjoyed it. Rating 7. 

Kristoffer Ajer: Despite the best attempt of his team mate to knock him out, the Norwegian Virgil Van Dijk – too early? – gave a perfect modern day centre half performance. Cancel all flights from Southampton to Glasgow. Rating 9.

Kieran Tierney: Be prepared for a week of the press trying to sell him. Relentless, a freight train bombing up and down the wing. His strike for the goal was accurate and was so powerful the net did well to hold it. A goal I love seeing us score. It is a Celtic type goal. Rating 9.

Olivier Ntcham: Anything good we did, 99% of the time he was involved. Fell out the game in the second half, which seems to be a trend with him. Rating 7.

Scott Brown: When the boots where flying Brown was there. The enforcer. His reaction to Logan kicking the ball off him after the Aberdeen sub – who resembled a broken wardrobe tossed in a skip – tried to break his leg was typical Brown. We need to clone his chromosome and be allowed to inject it into our development squad. Rating 8.

Tom Rogic: Another step up the ladder to full fitness. Started well but faded. The pitch wasn’t conducive to his light of foot. Rating 7

Scott Sinclair: If there was a downside to this win it was Sinclair was largely absent from making any contribution. He worked for the side. Pure sweat no sparkle. Rating 5.

James Forrest: For any wide forwards the video clip of his goal is a must watch. We were struggling in the final third against a packed defence and he took responsibility. He faced up his man, took him on and delivered a cross that had the name and address of any centre forward written on it while completely sending the defence and goalkeeper out to the sorting office to pick up a parcel. Rating 7.

Moussa Dembele: This was still not the all firing Dembele. He did well but was a constant threat to an Aberdeen defence that at best is as mobile as a car with a puncture. He gleefully accepted Forrest’s present and set up KT. A goal and an assist is a decent days work. Rating 7.

The Subs:  McGregor, Hendry and Edouard contributed little to the proceedings. McGregor was brought on and Lustig promptly got himself sent off, Hendry came on a right back and had a few throw ins and Edouard ran with the ball at least once. Collective Rating 3.

Overall Match Rating

This was 72 hours since Zenit. We travelled to a tough away venue and while yes we have a great record here if you don’t turn up you will get found out. It wasn’t pretty and its not a game that will be remembered as pleasing on the eye, the park saw the ball take bobbles that sent it towards Norway but we dug in and got the result. This was a game that we hoped our character would shine though. It did. Days like these are how Championships are won. Rating 7.

A new Celtic Star Podcast will be up this evening. A Celtic State Of Mind with David Low sees us discuss Fergus McCann’s takeover of the club and his involvement. David’s tale is a must for all Celtic fans. Without him days like today wouldn’t be possible.

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