Celtic v Hearts

4-0 after 65 minutes. Excellent performance in the 20 minutes I’ve seen from half time onwards.

Naka opened the scoring in the first half (didn’t see it) and Donati made it 2-0 before the interval. Waltzed through their defence from the right hand side before slotting it past the keeper - lovely individual goal.

They had a couple of alright chances near the start of the second half but then we got control again and began to really dominate. McGeady had spurned an earlier chance by choosing the safer pass in a 3v3 situation on the counter attack but a couple of minutes later he picked the ball up on the right hand side and put in a decent cross to the back post where Jan headed back across goal for Brown to tap home.

Then straight away from the kick off almost McGeady got the ball and burst through the middle again. Played it wide to Naka who ripped the living piss out of their defence before nutmegging their full back and getting foulded. Penalty which Jan slammed home to the bottom left.

Brown is now showboating and did 3 little back heel flicks in a minute. Love this guy.

Hard to do player ratings from the Internet but as an attacking force we certainly look dangerous. Donati and Brown have been excellent together and McDonald has been very lively and dangerous up front. Just fouled at the edge of the box there and Riordan missed the free.

As I type Brown has robbed the ball on half way and run past their defence to the edge of the box and knocked it into Naka’s path who has converted easily to make it 5. And now Killen has just missed a great chance for 6.

Other point of note: McGeady has been wide right with Naka on the left in the second half anyway.

Highly recommend watching these highlights:

Naka’s goal (well own goal)


Donati’s goal (well worth a watch. Picks it up in midfield, flicks it forward and collects the return pass and dribbles through their defence before passing it home)


Brown’s goal (nice play from Aiden in the build up)


Build up to Jan’s penalty and the kick itself- this is just sensational football:


Fifth goal - this is all about the brilliance of Brown but it’s a lovely finish by Naka

First half highlights


They looked on fire from this clips. All our attackers seem in great form. Excellent stuff.

match was shown live on Italian TV - Celtic looked very good & played some great football - brown was excellant-going forward they are good at the back id still worry

The italian commentators seemed to know their sh*t as well- when the fans were singing willie maley the commentator mentioned it

I think Maloney will stay at Villa personally. Would be interesting to see what sort of money we pay for him if he rejoins. Anybody have any ideas?

Aston Villa goal hero Shaun Maloney is aiming to resolve his future “one way or the other” after the Scotland international admitted he was still affected by homesickness.

Maloney has struggled to show his best form for Villa since his 1million move from Celtic on the final day of the January transfer window.

He came off the substitutes’ bench to score an injury-time winner against Fulham to clinch Villa’s first win of the campaign in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

But he still commutes back to Glasgow on occasions and was guarded when asked about his plans in the aftermath of Villa’s 2-1 success.

Maloney is quick to point out he has no gripes with Villa or manager Martin O’Neill who spent the second half against Fulham watching from the press box after being banished from the dug-out by referee Steve Bennett.

He said: "What is the situation with my own future? I have struggled to settle. I have spoken to the manager (Martin O’Neill) and he seems to be all right with me at the moment. There is nothing really to say at the moment.

"Am I going to be here until at least January? Am I going to Celtic this week? I can’t say at the moment.

"Homesickness has affected my form. I haven’t played well enough to play in the team and I think that has shown so hopefully now things can change.

"I haven’t found a place to live yet down here. I haven’t done myself any favours with the travelling I’ve ended up doing up to Glasgow and things.

"Hopefully things will get sorted out one way or the other and I can start playing well. I haven’t done that since I came here to Villa.

“Are talks planned with the manager? No, nothing like that. I spoke to the manager a few weeks ago and he is quite sound with me. I don’t need to see the manager.”

In the short term Maloney is hoping he has given O’Neill food for thought in terms of challenging for a first team spot, starting with Tuesday’s Carling Cup clash at Wrexham.

He said: "There is a game on Tuesday. Hopefully I’ve done enough. The substitutes that came on did all right. Hopefully I’ll get some more game time this week.

“It was a bit of a relief for me to play and get that goal. It was my first game of the season so it is a bit of a boost.”

Some sensational football in there. Naka’s play was simply sublime - see the cheeky grin after he gets brought down after nutmegging the lad.

Donati and Brown are building up a really smashing partnership. (As an aside I was suffering from insomnia on Thursday night so went and listened to the full repeat of the 45 minute interview Strachan did with Peter Martin on Radio Clyde on Wednesday evening. On three separate occasions Martin asked him when Donati would settle and how long before we’d start to see his full promise. I was sitting there thinking to myself ‘Fook, I thought he was excellent in Moscow and in Aberdeen. What’s this clown on about?’ Donati took his goal beautifully and Brown’s drive and skill from midfield was why we signed him.

I felt a little sorry for McDonald. He had three or four chances and hit the target each time but was thwarted by the keeper on every occasion. Still though I’ve been happy with how he’s fitting into the side and his partnership with Jan.

Agree with raven in that I’d have some concerns about our defending still but all in all the football so far this season has been wonderful. Can’t wait for Wednesday night now.