Goals from Tom Rogic – a stunning solo effort – David Turnbull and Liam Scales topped off a dominating performance by the 56-year-old’s team, who boasted a whopping 71% possession, created six big chances and completed 459 more passes than their opposition.
However, despite the positives, there was one noticeable downside to the victory, something which will undoubtedly be a cause for concern for Postecoglou when he reflects on the fixture this evening – the display of James Forrest.
The player who Neil Lennon dubbed “priceless” also failed to find his man with any of his three attempted crosses, lost three of his five duels – a failure rate of 60% – completed just 16 passes and enjoyed just 29 touches of the ball – six fewer than Joe Hart between the Celtic sticks.
These returns saw the 30-year-old earn a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.9 – the second-lowest of any other Celtic player who started the match – before being hooked at halftime as a precaution after appearing to struggle with the pace of the match.
As such, while it is undeniable that Forrest is a top-class player, with reports suggesting that Postecoglou is planning on bringing in a number of fresh attacking faces into the club during the January transfer window, unless the £5.4m-rated man can get himself back up to speed in the coming weeks, he may well find his position as a guaranteed starter for Celtic under considerable threat.
Indeed, if today was the winger’s chance to impress his manager, Forrest certainly did not take his chance.