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First game of the season – Celtic’s new signing off to a fine start as title rivals Aberdeen drop points

The goings on at Celtic regarding transfer news has been widely publicised over the past few weeks. As soon as Scott Sinclair was named as a possible signing it was welcomed from the fans.

As we all know you don’t always believe the sources on social media but it was hard to ignore the constant tweets daily. It wasn’t so much a case of Sinclair not wanting to come to Glasgow but more do of the deal the club could strike up with Aston Villa.

We were subjected to weeks of back and forth “breaking transfer news” until Celtic finally announced their man, yes Scott Sinclair had put pen to paper and was finally a player at Celtic. Sinclair went from being named as a Celtic player at 10 am to being named in the squad a few hours later at Tynecastle.

Hearts is never the easiest of fixtures but it’s one most fans love, being Celtic’s opener of the 2016-17 calendar all eyes were on the champions. With Celtic’s biggest threat Aberdeen failing to get three points on the board against St. Johnstone earlier that morning Celtic had a chance to wrap up the league – I joke, but a win away from home in the first game of the season would be the dream start for Brendan Rodgers men.

With just eight minutes on the clock James Forrest opened the scoring with a fantastic curl which rattled the back of the net. James Forrest? Did someone say something about dreaming? And what a finish too.

Former Celtic man Tony Watt had a chance to level things up a few minutes later missing an absolute sitter. Hearts fans didn’t have to wait much longer though to see the game at 1-1 when the referee made a crazy decision to award them a penalty. For what you say? Well I’m sure many of us are still trying to answer that one. On the 35th minute Jamie Walker scored the penalty after his pathetic dive in the box.

As the whistle went for the end of the 45 fans had time to reflect back on that brutal refereeing decision. Neutrals will argue that these type of decisions “even themselves out” throughout the year. Although I doubt many expected this to be the case in the first game of the season.

As the sides took to the pitch again both seemed confident on the ball. The 61st minute seen new signing Scott Sinclair replace Stuart Armstrong and what a sub that was.

20 minutes after Sinclairs arrival he was on the score sheet after a brilliant run and cross from Griffiths which saw Sinclair with a tap in inside the six yard box. Tynecastle erupted and Sinclair was given a fantastic welcome to the club by the fans after his celebration into the crowd.

As the ref blew the whistle for full time the players went to thank the traveling supporters. What a start to the season. Rodgers ticking off three points in his first league game and away from home too.

Celtic take on Motherwell tomorrow at Celtic Park in the Scottish League Cup where Rodgers will be looking for much of the same shift from players seen on Sunday.

The new season has well and truly kicked off in fantastic fashion and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m looking forward to the weeks and months ahead!

 

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About Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch
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