26-year-old was isolated: Three things we learned about Celtic during win v Inverness
By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three of the main talking points from Celtic’s Scottish Premiership 4-0 win over Inverness on Wednesday.
Seven points remaining
Get the champagne ready. The final outcome of the Scottish Premiership title race has been pretty clear for quite some time, but a sixth consecutive title is now within touching-distance. The emphatic win over Inverness saw Brendan Rodgers’ side move 27 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, and it leaves them just seven points away from securing an unassailable lead. They could therefore, have the league title in the bag after three more matches. There has been very little competition in the title race this term, with Celtic remaining undefeated throughout their campaign so far. Only Inverness have secured at least a point against the league leaders this season, earning a 2-2 draw back in September.
Left is unbeatable – the right needs work
Gary Mackay-Steven, 26, endured a rather isolated match on the right side of midfield for Celtic. He had moments to shine, but Celtic often pressed forward in attack on the left wing – where they have shown great strength over the course of the campaign. Scott Sinclair has been one of Celtic’s stand-out performers under Brendan Rodgers, contributing 16 goals and nine assists from 35 appearances. Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney has been fantastic since his return from injury, and is proving worthy of all the praise thrown his away. The young full-back has 11 assists from 27 appearances. Rodgers has very rarely needed to consider other options on the left-hand side, but the same cannot be said for the right. James Forrest and Patrick Roberts have often been rotated over the course of the campaign, while Christian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig are both in and out of the team at right-back. All of them have attacking potential, but not quite as prominent as the Sinclair-Tierney pairing.
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Dembele deals in doubles
He just cannot be kept quiet. The 20-year-old has scored 31 goals for Celtic in all competitions since the start of the season, netting yet another brace in the victory over Inverness. Dembele now has 11 goals in his last five games, but the most impressive statistic is how the Frenchman can never settle for just one goal. This was the seventh time that Dembele has scored two or more goals in one match, a record that has also seen him net three hat-tricks. His hunger for goal has been a real asset to Celtic, and opposition defenders simply can’t compete.
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