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  • Lustig: We can build momentum after sinking Saints

    Lustig: We can build momentum after sinking Saints

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 11 Oct, 2018 09:31

  • HAVING now made it two Premiership wins in a row, with the emphatic 6-0 victory over St Johnstone following on from the 1-0 win against Aberdeen the previous week, there is obviously a desire within the Celtic camp to keep building on that momentum.

    It could be argued that the international break has come at the wrong time for the Hoops, with the players keen to take their impressive Sunday best into the next fixture rather than having to endure an enforced two-week break from domestic action.

    That will still be the intention, of course, when Celtic play host to Hibernian on Saturday, October 20, and Mikael Lustig can see the positive and negatives of the international break.

    “If you lose a game, and then go away on international duty, it’s hard because you want to play straight away,” he told this week’s Celtic View, “but at the same time, when we play really well like we did against St Johnstone, of course we want to keep that going.

    “Now we’ll go away, hopefully all the boys stay fit and we’ll come back and be ready for Hibs. Every game is a big game, it’s a really tight league at the moment, so it’s a big game and hopefully we can keep the good form going.”

    As well as scoring six goals, with Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor also on target as well as an on-fire James Forrest, Celtic also recorded their eighth clean sheet in their last 10 games, which is, in itself, an impressive feat from an often-wrongly maligned defensive unit.

    As always, though, as Lustig explained, the credit for all aspects of the performance must be shared equally throughout the team, given that every player is expected to contribute defensively when the team’s not in possession, while doing likewise when the team is on the attack.

    That was certainly evident on Sunday, with Lustig appearing inside the St Johnstone penalty area to provide the final pass into the path of McGregor, who coolly slotted home goal No.6.

    “Everything clicked on Sunday,” said the stand-in Celtic skipper, “but attack and defence always work together, so when we have a good defence, we’re attacking better, and we proved that against St Johnstone.

    “We were really dangerous even when we didn’t have the ball, and we felt that if we could win the ball back in the right moment, we’d get chances and that proved to be the case Everyone took responsibility and if we do that and work as a team, we know what we’re capable of.”

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