Celtic narrowly avoided defeat at Pittodrie thanks to Leigh Griffiths’ last-gasp equaliser against the Dons on Wednesday night after Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson had given the hosts a first-half lead to defend.

Griffiths’ late intervention spared the Hoops’ blushes against Stephen Glass’ men midweek but the same couldn’t be said on Sunday, when John Kennedy’s men confirmed they would finish the campaign empty-handed following a 2-0 defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

It’s been a week to forget for the Parkhead club but that isn’t to say that every player on the books at Celtic had a tough time of it. Here at Glasgow Times Sport, our Celtic Stock Market has been rocked by another eventful seven days in Glasgow’s east end – here’s how the players’ value has been affected by recent games.


Leigh Griffiths

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The 30-year-old will be hoping that an upturn in form could lead to a late call-up to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for this summer’s Euros and while there are still question marks over the striker’s fitness – it’s been over a year since he last played the full 90 minutes of a game – Griffiths will have done his cause no harm with his goalscoring exploits at Pittodrie.

The Hoops were seemingly destined for defeat against Aberdeen after Ferguson opened the scoring and with time running it out, it was Griffiths who provided the game-saving moment for his side. It was his second league goal this calendar year.

With the likes of Lyndon Dykes and Kevin Nisbet embarking on good goalscoring runs of their own in recent weeks, Griffiths will need to offer more if he’s to receive a late call-up to the international set-up. But his 30-minute cameo against the Dons showed his value as an impact sub when his team is chasing an equaliser – a few more goals like that, and Clarke might just be convinced to hand Griffiths a Scotland recall.

Scott Bain

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The shot-stopper was left helpless for both of the goals the Hoops let in in Sunday’s derby at Ibrox – the first was an overhead kick from close range that he had no hope of stopping and the second was an own goal from Jonjoe Kenny – and despite the scorelines, generally gave a good account of himself in each of Celtic’s last two fixtures.

Ferguson’s goal on Wednesday night, where the midfielder bundled the ball home from close range following a corner, was impossible to prevent but between the league fixture and the Cup game a few days earlier, Bain did everything asked of him.

Another with an outside chance of forcing his way into Clarke’s plans for this summer’s Euros, Bain hardly put a foot wrong over the last two games. And with Vasilis Barkas still struggling to make a first-team impression, Bain is effectively playing for the No.1 jersey at Parkhead. Based on these two performances, it is his to lose.

David Turnbull

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The precocious midfielder has been a bright spark in an otherwise dour campaign for the Hoops and that changed little against Rangers and Aberdeen. His set-piece deliveries caused both teams problems on occasion and while Turnbull was perhaps a little unlucky to avoid being sent off against the Dons – the 21-year-old appeared to petulantly kick out at Dylan McGeouch and was only rewarded with a yellow card for his efforts – he was one of the few players that looked like making things happen for Kennedy’s side.

He tested McGregor with a venomous, dipping shot from distance almost immediate after half-time at Ibrox and almost beat Gary Woods with a curling free-kick at Pittodrie a few days later but the talented midfielder would finish both games without a goal or an assist to his name.

With Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack set to miss the Euros, Turnbull will be hoping to maintain his good form and earn a call-up for the summer tournament. But if he ends up receiving a retrospective ban for his kick on McGeouch, he could find his game-time limited in the Hoops’ last few games of the campaign.


Odsonne Edouard

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The Frenchman has been considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in Scotland for some time now but while the forward is expected to move on in the summer – allowing Celtic to rake in a sizeable transfer fee – he will need to offer more if he wants that big move he so clearly desires.

Against Rangers at Ibrox, it was Edouard who spurned a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit in the second half. He really should have scored but instead fluffed his lines, scooping the ball over the bar from close range. Not long after that he went one better, rolling the ball into the inviting arms of Allan McGregor from 12 yards after Griffiths had won a penalty with some clever centre-forward play.

Edouard didn’t fare much better against Aberdeen and the striker’s body language doesn’t exactly help fend of accusations that he simply isn’t interested anymore. His head is too quick to drop when things aren’t going the Hoops’ way (which is fairly often at the moment) and while there is no doubting Edouard’s ability with the ball at his feet, there remains a sense that he isn’t giving his all at the moment.

Diego Laxalt

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The Uruguayan had a torrid time at Ibrox on Sunday and it was no surprise to see the on-loan AC Milan full-back dropped to the bench for the game against Glass’ Dons on Wednesday night. Laxalt only lasted until the interval before being hooked by Kennedy at Ibrox and based on that showing, he won’t be back in the first-team picture anytime soon.

While the 28-year-old has proven to be a decent enough attacking full-back, he has been suspect defensively for some time now and these frailties were made all the more apparent by Rangers’ Joe Aribo at the weekend.

The Nigeria internationalist looked like he was playing a different sport at times as he sent Laxalt twisting, turning and lunging this way and that, with the Celtic defender never looking like he was getting within 100 miles of snatching the ball away from his opponent’s feet. Both Rangers goals came from forays down Laxalt’s flank and he was totally unprepared every time Aribo advanced menacingly down the wing, leading to his being replaced at the break.

Scott Brown

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Looked miles off the pace in Sunday’s derby and didn’t look all that much better against his future employers a few days later. Celtic’s inspirational captain will depart the club as one of the most successful players in its illustrious history this summer when he leaves for Aberdeen but based on the evidence of the last two games, the timing is right for all concerned.

Ryan Kent spun away from the Hoops skipper two or three times at Ibrox on the breakaway – a cardinal sin for any defensive midfielder in a 4-4-2 diamond system – but that wasn’t the worst of it. Brown played Steven Davis onside for the Northern Irishman’s spectacular overhead kick early on in the derby at the weekend and didn’t exactly cover himself in glory for the second either.

Brown was poor from the get-go at Pittodrie as the hosts controlled the middle of the park but admittedly improved after the half-time break on Wednesday night. But that these last two games have demonstrated – games against two of the best teams Scotland has to offer – is that time may be finally catching up with the veteran midfielder.