Celtic player ratings v St Mirren: 26-year-old is 4/10
By Matt Farr
Football Insider rates the Celtic players during their 4-1 win over St Mirren in the Scottish Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Craig Gordon 6 – Rarely called upon to make save, but had hearts in mouths on more than one occasion trying to be too clever with the ball at his feet.
Mikael Lustig 7 – Presented with a few shaky moments defensively in the first-half, but had a defining impact in the opponents half.
Dedryck Boyata 6 – At fault for the St Mirren opener, caught ball-watching. Not overly convincing
Erik Sviatchenko 5 – Bullied by John Sutton throughout. Beaten cheaply in the air for St Mirren goal.
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Kieran Tierney 7 – Another very strong performance. Good positioning, key interceptions and excellent attacking intent.
Nir Bitton 5 – Regularly at fault for misplaced passes in the middle of the park. Another poor performance.
Scott Brown 7 – Named man of the match, but not the most effective player on the pitch for Celtic. A few overcompensated passes.
Scott Sinclair 8 – A quiet afternoon, but burst into life with a superb individual goal. Couldn’t be contained from then on.
Stuart Armstrong 7 – Perfectly weighted passes. Distribution fantastic as per usual.
Gary Mackay-Steven 4 – Could sense a hunger from the 26-year-old to make an impression. But once again lacking in composure. Not clinical or ruthless in front of goal. Crossing not consistent either. Deserved to be hooked at half-time.
Moussa Dembele 6 – Came alive in the second-half to net a goal, after missing several golden chances. Great link up play with Sinclair.
Patrick Roberts 8 (for Mackay-Steven 45) – Injected much-needed class and quality. Changed the game.
Leigh Griffiths 7 (for Bitton 54) – A promising return to action, looked lively and netted a goal.
Kouassi Eboue 6 (for Armstrong 77) – Not too much to do, but delighted to make his debut.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has outlined his transfer plans for the summer.