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Pundit’s Choice: James Forrest, Callum McGregor, and Kieran Tierney

Pundit’s Choice: James Forrest, Callum McGregor, and Kieran Tierney

Celtic supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side pick up a vital Europa League victory on Thursday night.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with RB Leipzig at Celtic Park having won just one of their opening three matches, with defeats against the German side and indeed Red Bull Salzburg placing huge emphasis on Thursday night’s clash at Parkhead. And the Bhoys responded brilliantly as goals from Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard either side of a Jean-Kevin Augustin equaliser sealed a deserved 2-1 win for Rodgers’ team, thus moving them level on points with Leipzig with just two rounds of group games left.

As such, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from The Daily Record journalist Michael Gannon, who has lauded Bhoys trio Tierney, James Forrest, and Callum McGregor for their efforts on Thursday night.

In fact, Gannon stated that the young Scottish sensations ‘sent their stock soaring’ on a huge night for Rodgers’ Celtic, and given just how influential the trio were in helping the Bhoys to a second Europa League win of the season, he is spot on to heap praise on the Celtic trio.

Ultimately, it was left back Tierney, who has been linked repeatedly with a move to top Premier League sides in recent times, who fired the hosts into an early lead with a fine finish after just 11 minutes, which was just his eighth goal in 155 games for the Scottish giants.

And while the 21-year-old deserves a lot of praise for composing himself when arriving in the box to strike low past goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, the role McGregor and Forrest had in making the goal were rightly worthy of praise from journalist Gannon.

It was Forrest’s fine work down the right-hand-side in getting the better of defender Marcelo Saracchi to fire a low cross across the box for Tierney to arrive onto, this all after McGregor’s quick work from the free-kick to release Forrest to take the defender on one-on-one – the young Scots ultimately made Celtic’s opener.

And on an evening in which Rodgers’ men needed his players to step up and produce the goods on the European stage, the Scottish trio did just that.

Everyone knows of Tierney’s enormous talent given his meteoric rise in the last few years, highlighted greatly by some excellent displays in Europe, and he while isn’t necessarily known for his goal-scoring ability, he took his goal very well indeed to give Rodgers’ men a crucial early lead.

And while 27-year-old Forrest is someone who often splits opinion among Celtic fans, he is enjoying the best football of his career under Rodgers in netting 17 times in all competitions last season, while he already has nine this term to underline his growing confidence down the right-hand-side – that was further highlighted by his desire to get at Saracchi to create the opener.

And with 25-year-old McGregor another who has produced his best football since Rodgers took over from Ronny Delia back in 2016, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the aforementioned trio combined to score the opener on Thursday night – they are all key cogs in this Celtic side.

And given their fine displays against Leipzig, in a game Celtic desperately needed to win, Gannon is absolutely right to heap praise on the trio for their vital contributions on Thursday night.

Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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