Season player ratings 2015/16: Celtic

May 21, 2016

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GOALKEEPERS

Craig Gordon – 6/10

Craig Gordon was fine. He’s a good keeper and seems like a good guy too. He made some saves, didn’t have any atrocious blunders either – he was fine.

Logan Bailly – 2/10

Didn’t feature very often and had dodgy moment with Ambrose in the loss to St Johnstone but only a backup keeper and probably better than Zaluska was.

DEFENDERS

Kieran Tierney – 10/10

Sha la la la la la la Kieran Tierney. The youngster has been an absolute sensation since dislodging Emilio Izaguirre at left back. He hasn’t put a foot wrong and has never looks like he belongs at every level he’s played at. A fans favourite who does the simple things well, knows when to clear his lines and always bombing up the left hand side. Has a bright future ahead.

Emilio Izaguirre – 4/10

Will leave in the summer after a good six-year spell at the club where he’ll likely be remembered fondly. Lost his place in the team to Kieran Tierney and couldn’t win it back. Had a great opportunity to get a hat-trick against Dundee at Celtic Park but missed his penalty.

Tyler Blackett – 1/10

Was subbed on against Molde and subsequently subbed off and never been seen again. He was awful that night.

Jozo Simunovic – 3/10

The Croatian has barely featured due to injury, question marks remain.

Dederyck Boyata – 2/10

He was called up in Belgium’s provisional squad for the Euros. Lol.

Efe Ambrose – 3/10

Everyone knows about Ambrose’s failings but yet again this season he’s cost us at vital points. Personally I would really not like to see him play for Celtic again. Seemingly lovely guy and can do backflips and all that but he is a truly woeful defender who costs us time and time and time and time…you get the picture. It’s time for him to go.

Erik Sviatchenko – 7/10

A truly handsome man who has completely endeared himself to the Celtic support since joining in January. Question marks may remain for some but has looked solid and will hopefully form a good partnership with a fit Simunovic before he buggers off to Southampton in time for the 2017/18 season.

Charlie Mulgrew – 5/10

Looks to be heading for the exit door after another stop/start season where he has been plagued with injuries. Came back into centre half position for a run of games and it still looks to be his best position. Could very well be off to the English Championship, a good servant.

Mikael Lustig – 6.5/10

Lustig has been okay, having potentially his best season in the Hoops seeing as he’s been fit most of it but hasn’t been spectacular. Pitches in with goals here and there and still an important member of the squad.

Saidy Janko – 2/10

Another player who has barely featured due to injuries. Still young enough to have an impact at the club, needs a good pre-season.

MIDFIELDERS

Scott Brown – 6/10

Not a season to remember for Broony as he suffered from injuries that he continued to play through. The captain isn’t in the upcoming Scotland squads and missed the last few games of the season to rest. Will hopefully come back refreshed and back to his best.

Kris Commons – 6/10

Has somewhat divided opinion, which is incredible if you think about his contribution to Celtic over the years. Chipped in with nine goals in a season where he didn’t seem to feature all that often and was the only player who could hold their head high after that dismal European campaign. Closest player in the squad to reaching 100 goals for the club and could do it next season if he’s fit and given a chance by the new manager.

Nir Bitton – 7/10

Started the season off well but hasn’t showed the form that most expected. Seen as slowing down the play too often, Bitton could be off in the summer with supposed interest from clubs in England.

Callum McGregor – 7.5/10

Still seems to have his detractors in the Celtic support but has grown leaps and bounds this season and become an important player for us. Hopefully any off the field problems are behind him and he can continue to concentrate on playing more at the level he’s been at.

Stuart Armstrong – 5/10 (10/10 for hair)

I love Stuart Armstrong. I love his wonderful hair. I love his wonderful voice. I love his articulate manner. I loved his goal against Motherwell on the final day of the season. I loved the way he drove at the Malmo defence to set up Leigh Griffiths’ opener. He’s a wonderful human being. However, he’s not suited to playing out wide where he was for most of the season. I will not blame him for that and think next season could be a big year for the midfielder.

Scott Allan – 3/10

Apparently we signed this Scott Allan guy from Hibs in the summer, I don’t really know.

Tom Rogic – 8/10

Tom Rogic looked to have gotten to a stage where he was never going to do anything at Celtic and may have faded into obscurity. Put in a top class performance in a pre-season friendly against Den Bosch, which gave a glimmer of hope that there was still a future for him yet. Has taken his chance this season and become a key player in the side. Second top scorer with 10 goals he still needs to prove he can do it in Europe but hopefully we can sign him up to a new contract and keep him for another while longer.

Ryan Christie – 4/10

Apparently we signed this Ryan Christie guy from Inverness, loaned him back to them, recalled him in January, stuck him in the development squad and didn’t hear much from him again. Scored in the final game of the season against Motherwell and played well, will hopefully feature more next season.

Stefan Johansen – 5/10

The curse of Player of the year struck Johansen who was a massive part of the team this season. Has seemingly been struggling with a hip injury though played through the pain barrier. He’s an easy target with Celtic supporters but still one of the better players in the team on his day. Wouldn’t be a surprise if he left the club in the summer.

Patrick Roberts – 8/10

Really came on to a game once he got fit and into the team. Can frustrate when always looking to come inside rather than go to the byline but has scored some cracking goals and looks like he could be the £12 million man that Manchester City paid for him. A good pre-season under his belt and he could be massive for us next season.

James Forrest – 2/10

Barely seen since it was announced that he was likely for the off when his contract expired. Capable enough when he’s injury free which is rare but will never hit the heights expected of him when he broke through as a youngster.

Derk Boerrigter – 0/10

Oh how we laughed at some of the nicknames given to Boerrigter by Ajax fans when we signed him a few years back. It turned out they were all correct actually. He left a few months ago and was the biggest waste of money since that Batman and Robin film and equally as bad. Farewell sweet prince.

Gary Mackay-Steven – 6/10

Was never his biggest fan when he was at Dundee Utd but was happy to give him a go when we got him cheaply in January 2015. Impressed right up until the end of the season and had a decent pre-season that prompted me to think he would be our surprise contender for player of the season, I was wrong. He’s been flaky, sometimes pulls off a great bit of skill or chips in with a goal but isn’t consistent enough to warrant a starting position.

STRIKERS

Leigh Griffiths – 9.5/10

I’m sure for some he deserves 10. If this were based purely on his Premiership campaign then he’d easily earn that 10. He’s the first player since Henrik Larsson to score 40 goals in a season for the Hoops but he still needs to convince at a higher level and produce when it really matters. He’d be the first to tell you he was awful against Ajax at home in the Europa League group stage, passing up some glorious chances before we went on to lose the game and be knocked out. He was disappointing in the League Cup semi-final against Ross County and missed an all-important penalty that could have seen us back in the game. There’s an argument that he’s lacked service in some of the bigger games but it feels like he hasn’t done enough in the majority of them. However, he should undoubtedly be commended for the season he’s had and deserves his player of the year award.

Nadir Ciftci – 2/10

What to say about Ciftci? He was never a player at Dundee Utd that I was particularly keen on so his signing for Celtic left me feeling rather nonplussed. Scored a few goals but never particularly impressed when given an opportunity. He’ll probably leave the club in the summer and join the pantheon of greats such as Mo Bangura, Pawel Brozek and Amido Balde as top-notch strikers we’ve signed in recent years.

Carlton Cole – 1.5/10

Gets a point for having a good song about him and .5 for scoring the most farcical goal imaginable against Inverness. Probably won’t be at Celtic Park next season, might have already left.

Colin Kazim-Richards – 4/10

Big Z has looked okay when he’s played, a big bustling target man type. Scored twice against East Kilbride and Hearts. Not sure what to make of him yet, haven’t seen him enough to judge.

Ronny Deila – 5/10

Deila did what was expected by winning the league but it was done in such a poor fashion where it felt like we were limping over the line each and every week. Performances were turgid for the most part with the occasional good one sprinkled in here and there. Losing to Rangers in the cup semi final was absolutely unforgivable as was the car crash that was our European campaign. A seemingly lovely man but not good enough as a manager. Goes with our best wishes but won’t be missed.


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