Celtic eased into the League Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Partick Thistle at Parkhead.
Following Sunday’s win over Kilmarnock, Neil Lennon named a much changed Celtic side for the visit of the toiling Jags, currently languishing bottom of the Championship and with Ian McCall at the helm once more after Gary Caldwell’s exit.
Any hope of a shock was soon extinguished. Bayo opened the scoring in the 15th minuted with a fine header from Jonny Hayes’ whipped in cross, to score his first official goal in the Hoops afer his previous efforts against Hearts were deemed OGs.
The Ivorian played his part in Celtic’s second just after the break. Tom Rogic, making his first start of the season, coolly struck a low finish after being played in by Bayo, following good work from Ntcham.
The Frenchman would steal the show with a classic double after Thistle had one chopped off for offside.
He picked up the ball from Elyounoussi on the left and from around 35 yards rattled an unstoppable shot into the top corner with 56 minutes on the clock. It’s only September but it must be a contender for goal of the season.
Seven minutes later, he’d add his second. Peeling in from the left, he picked his moment to pass into the bottom corner, nutmegging a Thistle defender en route to goal.
Scott Sinclair, making a rare appearance, showed he still hasn’t lost his way to goal, picking up a rebound in the 76th minute after Elyounoussi’s close range effort was saved and drilling home.
The impressive Frimpong, making his first team debut at right back, then made way for Jack Hendry.
There were to be no more goals for the Hoops on a night when some fringe players took their chance to get noticed, while others coming back from injury enjoyed a good run out.
Celtic will now face either Hibs in the semi-final.
Celtic: Gordon, Frimpong, Elhamed, Ajer, Hayes, Ntcham, McGregor, Rogic, Elyounoussi, Bayo, Morgan
Subs: Forster, Bolingoli, Hendry, Brown, Forrest, Sinclair, Edouard