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