Three worst Celtic players in win v St. Johnstone
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Celtic eased to a 4-1 win against St. Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday.
A flurry of second-half goals meant that Brendan Rodgers’ men can earn their 100th point of the campaign in their next outing, while keeping alive their hopes of remaining unbeaten in domestic football.
Patrick Roberts bagged a brace while Dedryck Boyata and Callum McGregor rounded off the win.
However there were still a few players who could have done more to aid Celtic’s cause and weren’t quite on the title-winning form they’ve shown all year.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players from the win.
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Celtic seem to leak goals when the 25-year-old lines up in midfield and in the absence of Scott Brown, who was beginning a two-game suspension, Bitton didn’t do enough to quell St. Johnstone. His first half performance wasn’t great as the Saints pressed forwards at times and threatened to take the lead. Bitton is a big powerhouse of a player and he doesn’t show it enough on the pitch. Eboue Kouassi looks a more promising player to fulfil the role and Rodgers should look to play him next time out.
After a blockbuster of a performance in the 5-1 thrashing of Rangers last week, Simunovic, like Bitton, didn’t defend well enough against a Saints attack that has struggled for goals this season. The 22-year-old was demanding, aggressive and composed last week – but lacked all three of those attributes on Saturday. Celtic can afford to switch off at times after playing at 100 per cent for most of the campaign, but against a better team, their unbeaten run could have been ended by a lack of concentration. Aberdeen are up next and they will prove to be the Hoops’ biggest test of the year.
Armstrong didn’t exactly have a bad game, but he didn’t have a good one either. At times, the midfielder’s passing was pretty poor and his shooting was also uncharacteristically off-the-mark. The former Dundee United man looked to be a much better player when he was playing in a No 10 role behind Moussa Dembele and is definitely more reserved playing in the centre of midfield. He looks a top player when he’s alongside Brown though, so maybe Bitton’s poor outing had an impact on Armstrong’s display.