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Celtic Player Ratings in 2-0 Defeat to Valencia

Celtic Player Ratings in 2-0 Defeat to Valencia

Celtic suffered a very disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash tonight.

The Hoops went into the game in confident mood after winning all of their games so far in 2019 without conceding a goal.

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But they were second best all over the park against the Spaniards and now have a mountain to climb if they are to make the last 16.

Here we give you our player ratings on a disappointing night at Celtic Park:

Scott Bain – 5

He’s been brilliant with the ball so far this year, but wasn’t as comfortable tonight and put his teammates under some pressure when playing out from the back. Could do nothing at the goals and will have better nights at Celtic Park.

Emilio Izaguirre – 4

Izaguirre looked a shell of the player he’s been in the past for Celtic. Nervy on the ball, poor with his passing and offered very little going forward, while allowing Valencia to break on his poor play.

Jozo Simunovic – 4

Simunovic could be to blame for both goals, stepping up for the first when he shouldn’t have and then losing all track of Ruben Sobrino for the second. You can say what you want about his passing, but his defending shouldn’t be as bad as that.

Dedryck Boyata – 5

Boyata was another who looked nervy on the ball, but wasn’t found out badly for any of the goals. Boyata maybe could have done better for the first goal, but will be more disappointed his partner in defence didn’t have his best night.

Jeremy Toljan – 6

Toljan was one of the brighter spots, particularly in the second half as he got forward more. Will be frustrated at the team performance and result.

Scott Brown – 5

Brown had a decent opening 20 minutes, but three misplaced passes halfway through the first half set the tone for the rest of his game. Didn’t do anywhere near enough to help Celtic get a grip of the midfield.

Callum McGregor – 6

Had little impact on the game, but not for the lack of trying. Ended up having to come deeper and deeper to get the ball and had little to hit in front of him. Another who will have much better nights.

Ryan Christie – 5

Christie played in the number 10 role again after some brilliant recent performances. Unfortunately for him and Celtic, Valencia cut off the supply to him and he made no impact in the final third.

Scott Sinclair – 6

Sinclair would have been disappointed to be replaced by Timothy Weah halfway through the second half. He was a bit more of a threat in the final third and had little help on the left from Izaguirre.

James Forrest – 6

Forrest had a much better second half than he did first, but was doing it alone the majority of the time. Frustrating night for him.

Oliver Burke – 5

A lot has been made of Burke’s position at Celtic so far and that will continue after tonight. Had to feed off scraps all night, being afforded no real opportunities to test Valencia in behind. He’ll need to find variety in his game for occasions like this.

Subs

Odsonne Edouard – 4

Had some dangerous moments after coming off the bench, but Celtic couldn’t make them count. Would expect him to start out in Valencia.

Timothy Weah – 3

Worked hard to get on the ball in an effort to change the game for Celtic. Not sure what kind of player he is or the position he’ll play regularly and tonight didn’t clarify either much. He’ll fancy his chances of starting out in Valencia.

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