A red-hot Celtic side was drawn with a struggling St. Johnstone side in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
Celtic were in total control right from the start with two first-half goals from Scott Sinclair from great link-up play in the third minute and Scott Brown added a second with an absolute rocket into the top corner after nine minutes, bringing an end to 104 games without a goal.
Celtic were utterly dominant, but St. Johnstone lacked energy until a decent spell towards the end of the opening half of play.
In the second half, Celtic remained dominant with a James Forrest goal on 52 minutes, while Scott Sinclair added another two minutes later before he capped off the day by completing his hat trick in the 89th minute.
Celtic are now 24 cup matches and St. Johnstone have now lost five straight.
Celtic will find out who their quarterfinal opponent will be tomorrow.
Here are four findings from the match.
Bring on Valencia
Celtic have been lighting it up since the turn of the new year. Today was not an exception. Celtic absolutely lit the goal up today. Sinclair got the match ball with a hat-trick but Burke was absolutely sensational.
The West Brom loanee showed his pace on numerous occasions, which proved that he is capable of starting up top.
With Valencia in Europa League on Thursday looming, Celtic couldn’t be in better form with 21 unanswered goals in 2019. The only problem is the question of injury to Burke, who kept off injured after a challenge in the 67th minute.
Thursday is set to be another European night to remember.
Celtic nearly back to full strength
Celtic are near full strength for the first time in a while. Leigh Griffiths has reportedly returned to training. Kieran Tierney has been back in training for a few days and should be ready to go on Thursday. Forrest also returned from injury and got a goal while looking good as he has all season.
Emilio Izaguirre missed today’s squad but remains hopeful for availability on Thursday. Ajer, Simunovic, and Boyata are all healthy at the same time for the first time ever. Tom Rogic remains out with Filip Benkovic for the immediate future.
Bhoys are back
So much to be positive about and so little to be negative about. Scott Brown has returned to his glorious self, which was rewarded today with a sweet hit that left the keeper with absolutely no chance of stopping.
Scott Bain has also come up big on many occasions to keep his slate untouched since taking Craig Gordon’s starting job.
Sinclair has been sensational the past month with five goals in the new year.
Forrest added another goal to his stellar campaign while Timothy Weah, Oliver Burke, and Jeremy Toljan have sparked Celtic to push on with a refreshing feel around the club.
Celtic are absolutely booming at the moment at a crucial moment in the season with European football ahead.
Celtic are not relying on one person to score all the goals. With the new reinforcements, Celtic now have six players capable of scoring when asked.
Odsonne Edouard hasn’t exactly thrived this season but he has had help from James Forrest, Ryan Christie, and Scott Sinclair, which has been a tremendous sign with the addition of Weah and Burke.
Burke and Weah are both young guns that have plenty of pace, which has already provided goals in their short time in Glasgow so far. Want even better news? BT Sport’s commentator and former Celtic forward Chris Sutton revealed during the broadcast that Griffiths has returned to training.