Celtic 6-0 Dunfermline

Last updated : 14 March 2005 By Kevin Smith
Celtic subjected Dunfermline to a 6-0 hammering at Celtic Park yesterday. Despite the half time score reading only 1-0, The Champions stepped it up in the second half, and the performance was outstanding.

Looking at yesterday's performance, coupled with the win at Easter Road last week, it looks as though no one can stop us. We are now in the position that if we win our two games in hand, we will top the league by two points. The games in question are Inverness on Wednesday and Dundee United on Saturday, both away.

Dunfermline were bad, but not as poor as some sides I have seen this season. The story of the game was Celtic's dominance, not Dunfermline's incompetence.

John Hartson started the proceedings after only nine minutes, scoring at the near post. Hartson didn't have his best game and at times looked lazy, but there was more to come from the big man.

Despite being only a goal up in the first half, we played pretty well. We were guilty of attempting to walk the ball into the net, which we put to bed later on.

Aiden McGeady, back in the side due to Chris Sutton's injury, was staking his claim for a regular start. Not since Lubomir Moravcik have I seen a player so willing to beat players and creat opportunities at Celtic. We do have to remember that he is only 18 years old and he is going to be an absolute star.

Speaking of stars, we have another in Craig Bellamy. He is a wonderful player and we must do everything we possibly can to keep this guy at the club. He is always on the look-out for the ball and covers every blade of grass on the pitch. It was a pity he never scored yesterday, but Celtic gave him Man of the Match.

It was McGeady who added the next Celtic goal, with a thundering shot on 62 minutes. This just about signalled the end of the game for Dunfermline, but the roars from the Celtic support to push things forward were clear. We knew this was an opportunity to bang in some goals, something which we have failed to do this season.

For once, the fans were creating a decent atmosphere inside the ground and credit must go to The Bhoys in the upper corners between the Jock Stein Stand and the North Stand, and the Lisbon Lions Stand and the North Stand.

We were given more to cheer about when John Hartson bagged his second of the game minutes later.

Stan Petrov was immense once again. He added another two goals in the space of three minutes. Petrov has been scoring regular goals in recent games and hopefully he can keep this up from now until the end of the season. He is certainly one of the best players in the country.

Craig Beattie replaced Jackie McNamara with ten minutes remaining, showing again, Martin O'Neill's desire for goals. Beattie added number six in the final couple of minutes of the game with a header from a fantastic Ross Wallace cross.

The truth is it was six going on ten. We could have and should have got a few more but you can't complain with a 6-0 victory. It was like recent seasons at Celtic Park once again, when we used to beat teams this comfortably almost every other week. Let's see if we can keep it up until May.

So it's a massive week for The Hoops. We know what we have to do, and it is times like these we seem to see the best from Celtic. Onwards to Inverness!

Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Laursen (Henchoz), Varga, McNamara (Beattie), Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, McGeady, Bellamy, Hartson

Come On The Hoops Man Of The Match: Aiden McGeady

Come On The Hoops Moment To Remember: Banging in six goals and our second half performance

Come On The Hoops Moment To Forget: The large numbers who left early once again