Three things learned as Celtic hammer Astana 5-0

Celtic’s aspirations of making the Champions League group stages got a massive boost on Wednesday night at Celtic Park as they utterly decimated FC Astana 5-0. Here are three thoughts from the match:[spacer height=”20px”]

Passing game pays off[spacer height=”20px”]

It may have taken the Hoops a little bit of time to break down the opposition side, but once they did it absolutely rained down goals upon the hapless Kazakhs. The first goal would come after 31 minutes, and Celtics’ patience was rewarded time and time again as they continued to score goals, sometimes aided by the help of their opponents.[spacer height=”20px”]

This kind of play has consistently put away teams in Scotland over the past year, so it realy should be no surprise to see Astana undone by the same thing. Now Celtic will have to make a step up, or will have to develop a new plan, as match up with much stronger and bigger sides.[spacer height=”20px”]

Celtic ruthless in the finish[spacer height=”20px”]

The Hoops did not have a single shot saved in this match, showing that they were well and truly the best side in the match. They had nine shots at goal in total, with three finding the net on their own. Two others were aided by own goals.[spacer height=”20px”]

Still yet, this is encouraging for the Bhoys considering they will almost surely be meeting Barcelona yet again, as they always seemingly do in the group stages. If Celtic want to compete, they will have to put their chances on target and find the back of the net more than they miss. This will help build confidence to do just that.[spacer height=”20px”]

Sinclair typically brilliant[spacer height=”20px”]

Scott Sinclair was once again at his best on Wednesday night against Astana, showing the brilliance of Brendan Rodgers and the club to bring the Englishman in.[spacer height=”20px”]

Sinclair scored twice, both times getting on the end of a great pass to slot home into the far left corner. Sinclair movement, though, is the biggest and most important thing to see from him.[spacer height=”20px”]

Still yet, this is encouraging for the Bhoys considering they will almost surely to be meeting the La Liga giants yet again, as they always seemingly do in the group stages. If they want to compete, they will have to put their chances on target and find the back of the net more than they miss. This will help build confidence to do just that.[spacer height=”20px”]

Sinclair typically brilliant[spacer height=”20px”]

Scott Sinclair was once again at his best on Wednesday night, showing the brilliance of Brendan Rodgers and the club to bring the Englishman in.[spacer height=”20px”]

Sinclair scored twice, both times getting on the end of a great pass to slot home into the far left corner. His movement, though, is the biggest and most important thing to see from him.[spacer height=”20px”]

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