Jeremy Toljan enjoyed his Celtic Park debut as much as the fans who watched the on-loan German play his part in the 2-0 win over Hibs.
It was late on January 31st when Celtic announced the loan deal for the Borussia Dortmund defender who only flew into Glasgow the morning after.
An injury to Mikael Lustig away to St. Johnstone on Sunday pitched Toljan in for an earlier than scheduled debut as two late goals secured full points and restored Celtic’s six-point advantage at the top of the SPFL.
?️ Jeremy Toljan after his first start at #CelticFC…
?️ JT: “It was exciting. I was looking forward to this since I came here and I enjoyed it a lot. A clean sheet is always important as a defender and we got that. I think the style of play suits me well.” #CELHIB pic.twitter.com/aaOk2dMAu6
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 6, 2019
Toljan provided the pass for Ryan Christie to open the scoring in the 24th minute but it was his positioning that was most impressive.
Without any apparent effort he pushed deep on the overlap to anticipate Timothy Weah’s pass before pulling the ball back for Christie to net.
As the match went on Toljan got more into his stride, pushing forward down the right without neglecting his defensive duties.
After the victory, Toljan seemed more than happy with his performance, praising the clean sheet and stating that he feels well-suited to Celtic’s style of play. He said; “A clean sheet is always important as a defender and we got that. I think the style of play suits me well.”
Two matches against Valencia will determine exactly what level the 24-year-old is at but after being on the sidelines at Dortmund he has quickly impressed domestically.
A permanent deal for Toljan seems unlikely but with a treble treble to play for it’s the here and now that is concerning Brendan Rodgers. The on-loan right-back is plugging a gap in his defence.