Well that was something to see alright.
On a day when our critics were gleefully expecting us to drop points we didn’t only win, but we won very comfortably, with what is unarguably the best performance the club has produced during this domestic league campaign. They were absolutely brilliant.
Let’s start with the defence, and in the particular the performance of Starfelt who grows into the role more with every match that goes by. He was tremendous.
I thought Carter Vickers was too, and so was Juranovic.
But it’s Greg Taylor who deserves real praise because he strolled and did exactly what I thought he might and made sure Mikey Johnston was freed up to run into the box with the ball, where he looks a far more effective weapon. It worked very well.
The midfield stole the show today with Tom Rogic and David Turnbull both scoring great goals, and Callum McGregor turning in the perfect captain’s performance. He did everything right today, it was his best display since taking the armband.
Kyogo was excellent, and although he didn’t get on the scoresheet he showed us, as ever, what he could do with his little lay-offs and critical passes. He is such a great all-round reader of the game; Abada should have finished off from his sensational assist late in the game.
The injury to Forrest might be the only black spot. Reports say he was taken off as a precaution; let’s hope that’s all that it was.
Finally, you have to credit Liam Scales; that is a dream SPL debut for him and precisely the way he would have wanted to get up and running.
That was a potential banana skin game, and the media fully expected it to be. One hack, writing this morning – and I’ll get to him later – was positively buzzing about the prospect of us dropping points. That didn’t go according to his plan or the hopes of the others who saw this as a the kind of game that we might have dropped points in.
United are nobody’s fools. My worst moment so far in this campaign was walking out of Celtic Park after they come and gotten a draw against us. They also beat the mob across the city earlier in the season, so they were capable of it.
But this is a different Celtic team to the one they played earlier. Players are more sure of themselves, we’re more defensively robust and a different prospect going forward. This is a Celtic team which is being asked big questions and keeps giving big answers.