In the month of the famous event of Halloween, Celtic were hoping that their ghosts weren’t haunting them as they played five games.
The Bhoys kicked off the month with a game against Hearts, before travelling to Dundee. Zenit then visited Celtic Park in the Champions League, and then Celtic played Hamilton, before rounding off the month with an Old Firm derby.
Celtic’s first game of the month was less than impressive, only scraping a 1-0 victory against Hearts. Despite having 17 shots, 3 only found the target, which will disappoint Ronny Deila, but the goal came in the first half, with Scotsman Leigh Griffiths netting in the thirty-fifth minute to give Celtic all three points.
Celtic quickly put their past performance out of the window, with a 3-0 win over Dundee FC in week ten. Sisto gave a dominant Celtic the lead after two minutes. Leigh Griffiths then gave his side their second in the twenty-fifth minute, before substitute Stefan Scpeovic netted a penalty to make it three for the Bhoys, and his third in as many appearances.
Group G: Gameweek 3
Zenit St. Petersburg made the long trip to Celtic Park in the third week of the group stages, and were delighted when Hulk gave them the lead thirty-seven minutes in. However, as the game progressed, Celtic became the far more dominate and better side – and Zenit’s worries turned nightmares after Javi Garcia managed to get himself sent off in the second half. Stefan Scepovic pulled it back level after sixty-two minutes, and Celtic went on to press for a winner, but Yodygin stood tall and defiant, leaving both teams with a point each.
Celtic travelled to Hamilton in their last league game of the month, and they only just got the win. Hamilton were strong throughout, but couldn’t deny a match winner from Pione Sisto in the second half, fifty-three minutes to be exact. The game, however, ended on a bad note, with Crawford picking up and injury.
League Cup Quarter Final:
In what proved to be a fiery affair, the Old Firm derby returned in style, with Celtic snatching the place in the semi-finals. Rob Kiernan picked up a yellow card in the thirty-sixth minute, and the returning Tom Rogic was a victim of a heavy tackle and had to go off injured. McGregor, also making his return, suffered the same issue as Rogic, also making an early exit. Emilio Izaguirre found the back of the net sixty-nine minutes in to give Celtic the win. Kiernan got his second yellow with ten minutes to go.
After 11 games, Celtic still sit top of the Premiership, with a maximum total of 33 points. Having scored 32 times, and only conceded 4, they have a positive goal difference of 28. They are 9 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Aberdeen.
After three games, Celtic sit, possibly surprisingly, top of Group G. They have a total of five points from three games, after one win, and two draws. They have scored six times, and conceded twice, leaving them with goal difference of +4.
Player of the Month
And this month finally sees Sisto get the award, after a few months of outstanding displays. However, this month, he is unmatched, really taking the task of carrying Celtic offensively by the front by the scruff of the neck. In 4 appearances over the month, the South Sudanese turned Dane scored twice.
Next Month: November
In the month of November, Celtic will play six times – thrice in the Premiership, twice in the Champions League and once in the Scottish Cup.
They will start the month with Ross County coming to Celtic Park. They then travel to Russia to play Zenit, and then visit Kilmarnock. Dundee United then play host, before Wolfsburg come to Glasgow to round off the group stages. The final game of the month will be in the Scottish Cup – which their opponent is yet to be determined.