20-year-old wasted: Three things we learned about Celtic in win v Kilmarnock
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Celtic’s 3-1 win against Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.
Celtic are different class
Brendan Rodgers made a number of changes from the midweek draw against Partick Thistle, which saw the likes of Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown and James Forrest come back into the side. The switches showed too as the Hoops were dominant across the board and fully deserved their victory. If anything can be criticised from their display, Celtic should have had more than their three goals, but it is clear with a number of their key players returning that they are a different class to the rest of Scotland.
Roberts wasted upfront
On loan attacker Patrick Roberts has made himself one of the key players in the Celtic team. However, it is clear that the 20-year-old isn’t good enough for a role upfront after his last two outings in the striker position. The natural wideman has failed to score in three matches for the Hoops while playing as a striker and with goal machine Moussa Dembele on the bench, Roberts is unlikely to see many more games as the leading man. The Manchester City player is far superior out wide and should play there in future games.
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Further additions needed in attack
Celtic have won 29 of their 32 league matches this season and brought a stunning return of 85 goals this season. However, for their dominance the team are also wasting a lot of chances from that. The Hoops could have ran out six goal winners on multiple occasions this season, but their attackers are often missing more chances than they’re putting in the back of the net. They can afford to spurn these chances in Scotland, but in Europe they will be punished further and if the Glasgow giants want to become a force outside of their home country once again then it is clear that better forward players are needed.