COMMENT By Danny Wright
Celtic kept their hopes of ending the domestic campaign unbeaten as they eased to a 4-1 victory against St. Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday.
Here, Football Insider analyses three things learned from the game:
Cristian Gamboa Parkhead time over
Brendan Rodgers had admitted that Mikael Lustig was not going to take any part against the Saints and Gamboa was largely expected to deputise in his absence. However Rodgers opted to call on teenager Anthony Ralston, which could mean that Gamboa’s time at Parkhead might come to an end in the summer. The Costa Rican international has started just 11 matches for the Hoops since he joined from West Brom last year and his last two appearances have seen his side fail to win. Rodgers might as well cash in on Gamboa when the transfer window opens again.
Ralston was joined by Michael Johnston in the first-team and both of them put in solid performances for the Bhoys. Johnston, 18, was handed his first start for the senior squad as Scott Sinclair was rested and did a brilliant job on the left flank. Ralston, keeping Gamboa out of the team, also looked to be a hugely talented youngster that could easily become the club’s second choice right-back next season. The futures of the dynamic duo looks very bright indeed and that can give the Parkhead faithful a lot to look forward to.
25-year-old must be axed
Before Saturday, the last two league games in which Bitton has started, Celtic have failed to win – and in a season where wins are easy to come by, that’s quite a damning stat. The 25-year-old simply fails to do what he should be good at and doesn’t provide enough cover to the backline. The Bhoys struggle without Scott Brown in the team and Eboue Kouassi should perhaps be considered to start the next game as the club captain will be suspended for that match too. If Rodgers wants to see his side improve in European competition