Upgrade needed in January: Three things we learned about Celtic in victory against Partick Thistle
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Celtic beat Partick Thistle 4-1 in the Scottish Premiership on Friday night.
There’s no competition in Scotland’s top flight
The victory for Celtic has left them 11 points clear of second placed Rangers with two games in hand. The Hoops will surely win their sixth league title in a row, barring one of the worst collapses in football’s history. They have been knocked out of Europe and it now looks like the Scottish giants are going through the motions before the season’s end. Something needs to drastically change in Scotland, or it could become a very stale league.
Leigh Griffiths needs more match time
The 26-year-old striker was handed a start in place of Moussa Dembele against Partick and he duly delivered. Griffiths, who was once the golden boy of Celtic provided two assists and got on the score sheet himself with a sweet curling effort. He has now scored 10 goals in 20 appearances this campaign and it is vital that he sees more game time in order for the Hoops to have a proven goalscorer still at the club when Dembele does eventually leave.
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A goalkeeper upgrade is needed in January
Craig Gordon has done well in the Scottish Premiership with seven clean sheets in 11 fixtures this season, but it is hard to judge the level that he is facing. He was poor on the goal and was also beaten a second time before the offside flag was raised. The 33-year-old only kept one clean sheet in 11 Champions League appearances and the Hoops need to give a better account of themselves in Europe. They signed Dorus de Vries in the summer and he has so far proven not good enough. Therefore, it is vital that Celtic sign a new shot stopper in the winter window to ensure their progression.