Outcast deserves more regular action: Three things we learned about Celtic from victory over St Johnstone
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three major talking points from Celtic’s 1-0 win over St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night.
Outcast deserves more regular action
Despite being handed few opportunities to impress this season, Dedryck Boyata proved to be the difference between the two sides at Parkhead on Wednesday. The 26-year-old not only netted the game’s only goal, but was a constant presence for Celtic in both the defensive and attacking-thirds. The Belgian defender made just one appearance for the club in the first-half of the season, but following the winter break has made back-to-back starts against Albion Rovers and St. Johnstone. He may have been considered a surprise inclusion on Wednesday, but he gave an excellent display that will certainly plead a strong case for further inclusion in the coming weeks. Brendan Rodgers brought him back from the fringes this month and will no doubt be thrilled with the way he has taken his chance.
A day to remember for Scott Brown
It was a great day all-round for Scott Brown. He captained Celtic to their 16th consecutive league victory, which saw them extend their unbeaten domestic run to 26 games – drawing level with the Lisbon Lions during their European Cup winning season of 1967; whilst also making his 400th appearance for the club. It was always going to be a memorable day given it was such a landmark occasion, but the victory and manner of the performance made it all the more sweeter for him. The 31-year-old midfielder moved to the club from Hibernian back in 2007, and has now etched his place in Celtic history as a true club great. His contract with the club is up at the end of next season, but Celtic will surely seek the option to reward him for his loyal service with a new deal.
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No Premier League bid waiting for Celtic star
There has been plenty talk of a big-money bid for Celtic’s star goalscorer Moussa Dembele this month, but after his wasteful display in front of goal, Celtic are unlikely to be fielding any calls in the remaining week. There is no denying that the 21-year-old has been a phenomenal asset to the club since his arrival from Fulham in the summer, but today he was far from his best, and struggled to have much of an impact on the game. He wasted several opportunities to put Celtic ahead, and in the end, the Hoops had to rely on header from defender Dedryck Boyata to do the business against a resilient St. Johnstone side. He will bounce back, and he will add many more goals to his current total of 20 in all competitions, but he will look to move on quickly from Wednesday’s performance