Celtic player ratings v Hearts: 28-year-old is a title-winning 10/10
By Danny Wright
Football Insider rates the Celtic players for their performances in the 5-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday to wrap up the Scottish Premiership title.
Craig Gordon 7 – Hearts had a bright start to the game and Gordon was forced into making a couple of saves. When the scores were still level the experienced ‘keeper showed his worth with a brilliant one-on-one stop.
Mikael Lustig 6 – Looked troubled by the toxic atmosphere generated by Hearts fans in the first half but still managed to contribute with some good clearances and wide support when his side got forward.
Jozo Simunovic 7 – Never really looked to be troubled by the Hearts attack and repelled their strikers with relative ease all afternoon.
Dedryck Boyata 6 – The ex-Man City centre-back looked statuesque at times and had to be rescued by his colleagues on a couple of occasions. However he looked a lot more composed in the second half.
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Kieran Tierney 7 – Always had the Hearts defence on the back foot when getting forward and did his job well when he was forced to defend. It isn’t a surprise that clubs are lining up to try and sign him.
Stuart Armstrong 8 – The newly-made Scotland international was as good off the ball as he was on it with some important tackles and interceptions. He also showed his brilliant range of passing from the deeper lying role and rounded off his performance with a thunderous goal from the edge of the penalty area.
Scott Brown 7 – The captain never really put a foot wrong all afternoon and showed an excellent range of passing as well as his determination to win the ball back. He’ll have yet another league trophy to lift now.
James Forrest 6 – Another quiet performance from the right-winger, he did show glimpses that he can provide some great deliveries into the box.
Callum McGregor 6 – The 23-year-old was playing in Armstrong’s preferred position and didn’t do it a lot of justice. He got forward well but his finishing and timing of the run was poor.
Scott Sinclair 10 – Arguably the league’s player of the season was at it again with a stunning goal to give Celtic the lead. The 28-year-old equalled Moussa Dembele’s league tally when he fired in a second just minutes later. The winger’s mesmeric run earned himself a penalty which he hammered into the net. He was a constant menace to the hosts and was clearly the decisive factor in the fixture.
Patrick Roberts 8 – It was a quiet outing for Roberts but he still managed two superb assists to help Sinclair to his brace before scoring a beautiful curler into the top corner to make it four. Aside from his contribution to the score sheet, it was a strangely quiet afternoon. A permanent deal has to be considered.
Gary Mackay-Steven (on for Patrick Roberts 79min) 6
Cristian Gamboa (on for Mikael Lustig 79min) 5
Kolo Toure (on for Dedyrck Boyata 87min) 5
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