Neil Lennon’s team returned from Edinburgh with a 2-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle on a night when they could have won by an even wider margin.
Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham claimed the two goals which sent the Hoops on their way to yet another victory, although some of their team-mates were culpable of missing good chances either side of the interval. [via BBC]
Although the record books won’t show it, Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor also found the net at Tynecastle, only for his goal early in the second half to be disallowed as he was in an offside position.
The 26-year-old, who maintained his record of starting every Premiership game this season and has sat out just two matches since the start of the campaign, showed why he is consistently one of the first names on Lennon’s team-sheet.
Aside from showing his attacking instincts by getting himself into a position to find the net (only to be thwarted by the offside flag), McGregor helped to instigate chances by snuffing out the opposition. That was demonstrated in the first half when he dispossessed Michael Smith to then play in Odsonne Edouard, only for the French striker to spurn the chance due to a poor first touch. [via Sky Sports]
The one blemish on the 26-year-old’s night was the chance that he failed to convert in the second half after being played through on goal by James Forrest, only to be denied by Hearts goalkeeper Joel Pereira. [via Sky Sports]
McGregor’s ability to pick out a pass was acknowledged by some reporters after the game. Ryan Brown of Read Celtic noted how he “found Edouard with some excellent balls” in the second half, with Hamish Carton of 67hailhail.com opining: “As McGregor got better, Celtic as a team also improved, and that’s no coincidence.”
On The 4th Official, the midfielder was given an eight rating, with the assertion that he “was behind quite a few good moves and played some incisive forward passes” and that “his vision and passing range once again stood out”.
All that McGregor’s performance was missing was a goal and he came close a couple of times to adding to his tally of five for the season so far.
The 26-year-old Celtic stalwart’s range of passing caught the eye at Tynecastle and he has every right to feel pleased with his overall performance as the Hoops strengthened their lead at the top of the Premiership.
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