Celtic have endured an atypical opening to the season with results refusing to flow naturally so far, but signs that the Hoops are beginning to rediscover their mojo were once again on show on Saturday afternoon as they recorded a 4-2 victory over Hibernian.
Three wins on the bounce in the SPFL have eased the pressure on Brendan Rodgers as he prepares his side ahead of the daunting trip to face RB Leipzig on Thursday evening.
Leipzig have won their last three home Bundesliga fixtures, including a 6-0 demotion over Nuremberg last time out, but a home defeat against RB Salzburg in the Europa League suggests there are frailties for Celtic to exploit this week.
And after putting four past a Hibernian side who had kept three clean sheets on the bounce prior to their trip to Celtic Park, Rogers’ side have reason to feel confident ahead of a vital fixture in the context of their European ambitions.
Indeed, Celtic made Neil Lennon’s return to Celtic Park an afternoon to forget by putting 4 past a defensive unit who had only conceded six goals in the league prior to their clash against the Scottish champions.
There were plenty of positives for the Hoops to take away from the result, but BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Sutherland seemed particularly impressed with Tom Rogic’s goal-scoring display in his post-match analysis.
Sutherland described Rogic’s 8th minute opener as ‘typically elegant from the Australian international,’ in what represented just his 2nd SPFL goal of the campaign.
In the midst of a mini-crisis at Celtic, plenty of supporters were eager to criticise the 41-cap international for his recent dip in form, but after providing 3 assists against St Johnstone and adding a goal and another assist on Saturday, he’s well on his way to winning over disgruntled fans.
After dominating the early proceedings and hitting the woodwork on two separate occasions, Rogic clipped the ball deftly round the corner of his opposite to find James Forrest, and when the Scotland international completed the one-two into his onrushing path, Rogic curled a sumptuous left-footed strike into the corner of Adam Bogdan’s goal.
As Sutherland said, it was an elegant strike and one which Celtic deserved on the balance of play. The key for Rogic now is to produce similar moments of brilliance on a consistent basis.
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