Celtic have given themselves a massive opportunity to progress past FC Zenit in the UEFA Europa League after a fantastic 1-0 win in the first leg of their Round of 32 tie.
Callum McGregor netted late in the second half to make Celtic Park erupt with joy, a deserved goal on a night that the Hoops raised their game beyond recent poor domestic performances.
The Russian Premier League side were favourites coming into the match despite a long journey across multiple time zones and the fact they haven’t played a competitive game in months.
However, Brendan Rodgers; side knew they had to produce a performance that supporters could be proud of and delivered massively, taking the game to their visitors from the off and putting them under significant pressure.
Fans were delighted with the win and performance and beyond the headline grabbing Callum McGregor had particular praise for players like Eboue Kouassi, who helped dominate possession and win the midfield battle.
The 20-year-old has been on the fringes of Rodgers’ first team this season but was given a massive opportunity to impress on Thursday night. Thankfully for the Hoops he stepped up and is now in line to get a more regular start.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance…
Kouassi Eboue is a tank btw.He'd tackle his own granny and come back and tackle her again.
— 🍀Stephen Walsh🍀 (@stevie_bhoy32) February 15, 2018
Kouassi looked like browns replacement tonight. Not this season but definitely next
— Steviebhoy76 (@steviebhoy1976) February 15, 2018
Kouassi bided his time and has taken his opportunity with both hands. Bare in mind Wanyama barely touched a ball in his first year at Celtic. Looks a player
— Aaron O'Neill (@aarononeill_7) February 15, 2018
And Kouassi gave such a mature performance. Was very impressed.
— Celtic Family (@CelticFamily67) February 15, 2018
Kouassi & Ajer were first class last night, could have 2 absolute gems on our hands
— Kevin McLaughlin (@kevinmcl29) February 16, 2018
McGregor and Kouassi where big shouts from Rodgers…both have been brilliant!!
— Rob 🏴 (@aarbee13) February 15, 2018
Eboue Kouassi for me was man of the match last night. Thought he was fantastic.
— Gaz (@Gary_B17) February 16, 2018
Well done, Kouassi. Great game.
— Big Jim Beef (@KajunFirefly) February 15, 2018
Team was absolutely fantastic to a man but N’tcham and Kouassi where unbelievable. Great performance and win. Hail Hail 😁🍀
— James R Enright (@Jamesenright67) February 15, 2018