Celtic put the disappointment of Tuesday’s Champions League defeat firmly in their rear view mirror on Saturday afternoon, with Ange Postecoglou’s side running out comfortable 6-1 victors over a lacklustre Hibernian in their Premiership clash at Parkhead.
Indeed, it took just nine minutes for James Forrest to give the home side the lead, while Giorgos Giakoumakis joined in on the act nine minutes later, before Forrest bagged his second and the Hoops’ third of the match on the 24-minute mark. It already looked incredibly unlikely that Hibs would find any way back into the game, with the scoreline reading 3-0 at half-time.
Thody Elie Youan gave the visitors faint hope of a comeback when he pulled one back for Lee Johnson’s side after the interval, although Forrest’s hat-trick sealing goal a mere two minutes later abruptly quashed this optimism, before a further Giakoumakis strike and a late Daizen Maeda finish well and truly put the icing on the cake for the Bhoys.
However, while it will undoubtedly be hat-trick hero Forrest who steals Sunday’s headlines, it was arguably the display of another Celtic talent which should see him largely attributed for his team’s dominant performance at Parkhead – that of Aaron Mooy.
Indeed, making just his second league start since his summer move to Glasgow, the £4.5m-rated midfielder was exceptional in possession of the ball this afternoon, enjoying 73 touches, completing 47 of his 56 attempted passes, finding his man with five of his six attempted long balls and one of his two crosses, making three key passes and registering two assists.
The 32-year-old also impressed in a defensive capacity, winning three tackles and three duels. These metrics saw the midfielder earn a very impressive SofaScore match rating of 8.0, ranking him as Postecoglou’s third-best player on the day.
Furthermore, journalist John McGinley was also quite clearly impressed with the Australian’s performance against Hibs, with the self-confessed Celtic supporter stating of the 32-year-old on Twitter: “Aaron Mooy was very good today. Easily his best game for Celtic and a promising sign there’s still more to come from him.”
As such, while the goals of Forrest were undeniably impressive and crucial to the Bhoys picking up all three points, supporters should not overlook Mooy’s efforts on Saturday afternoon, as the Aussie well and truly ran the show for the Hoops in the middle of the park.