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Celtic 4-0 Linfield: How the players rated at Parkhead

Ratings by Graham Luney

Celtic secured a more convincing 4-0 win over Linfield in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie. But how did the players do? Who was the only man on the pitch worth a nine? Have a look right here.

Linfield

Roy Carroll 7

Last week’s hero,the international keeper could do little as he was beaten by fine finishes from Rogic, Sinclair and Armstrong.

Chris Casement 7

Part of a defence that worked extremely hard and were given their just rewards. Struggled at the set-piece, however.

Mark Stafford 7

Former Ballinamallard centre-back put himself about with some crunching tackles. Acrobatic attempt late on that just cleared the crossbar.

Mark Haughey 6

While the work rate was high, Linfield’s defence were carved open early in the second half. Bled for the cause but faced too much quality.

Niall Quinn 7

Kept busy at the back but did produce one eye-catching attack in the first half. Spent the second period keeping an eye on the Celtic attacks.

Paul Smyth 6

Last season’s Young Player of the Year spent most of his time tracking back but did win a free-kick just outside Celtic’s box in the first half.

Jamie Mulgrew 6

A proud moment for the midfielder, leading his side out at Paradise. Was unfortunate with the third goal, his deflection allowed Sinclair to score.

Robert Garrett 7

Known for his tough tackling, was booked for a late tackle on Sinclair but made many crucial interventions and helped out his defence.

Stephen Lowry 6

Knew he wouldn’t get much time on the ball but did threaten every so often and put in a huge shift in extremely difficult circumstances.

Andrew Mitchell 7

Restored to the starting line-up on the wing, the former Rangers man finally got a run out at Parkhead and performed well.

Andy Waterworth 6

Delivered for a lot of defensive work, although he was bizarrely booked for charging forward at a restart. Night cut short through injury late on.

Replacements

Kirk Millar (for Garrett, 65): tough game to come on and influence 6

Jordan Stewart (for Smyth, 65): worked hard but the tie was over 6

Cameron Stewart (for Waterworth, 72): saw little of the ball 6

Celtic

Craig Gordon 6; Mikael Lustig 7; Jozo Simunovic 7; Kieran Tierney 7; Scott Brown 7; James Forrest 6; Callum McGregor 6; Olivier Ntcham 7; Scott Sinclair 9; Tom Rogic 8; Moussa Dembele 7

Replacements

Stuart Armstrong (for Olivier Ntcham, 67mins) 7; Jonny Hayes (for James Forrest, 67mins) 6; Kundai Benyu (for Callum McGregor, 74mins) 6

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