Well that was a frustrating night. To quote the outrageous Ron Burgandy from Anchorman: ‘I’m in a glass box of emotion!’. Why do we not learn anything from these game? Is it that utterly complex for the players to get their heads around? If you stand off good opposition at this level they will punish you. Plain and simple. No analysis needed on this one.
The same old flaws over and over and over and over again. Annoying, isn’t it? That monotonous droning sound pulsating continually in the recesses of your mind.
I’m not giving any of our players credit for that collapse tonight. There is no silver lining tonight folks I’m afraid to say. We had it – just as we had done in Betis – then folded like a cheap deck chair.
New team or not, it’s ridiculous the amount of goals we would need to score at this level to win against quality opposition. Before the game I questioned if our defence could take the domestic form into Europe – they failed spectacularly. God awful at the aggressive side of the game tonight when defending our penalty area. Joe Hart must be bealing in that dressing room and I wouldn’t blame the guy one bit. His defenders were so, so poor in front of him tonight.
The rot set in when Bitton had to go off tonight as he made several key interceptions in that space between the defence and midfield which kept Leverkusen at bay. A tip of the hat to those in the support that believe he is a bad player. Aye guys, I’ll crack the jokes thank you very much.
McCarthy was scrambling around not doing anything much when he replaced the Israeli, and all those years of experience never showed at all. I don’t see what use James is if he can’t give us that knowledgeable head in times of stormy seas.
Ajeti was also lacklustre in attack, and why on earth can strikers not hold the ball in any more? That’s all that was required. Big John Hartson on commentary must have been perplexed at Albian when he came on.
As for Mikey Johnston he does as he has done so often in a Celtic shirt and flattered to deceive. The winger never truly tested Frimpong on that flank and as we all know it’s defensively where Jeremie’s deficiencies lie. Once again our lack of ruthlessness is what is killing us, combined with shameless reproductions of defensive lapses.
The squad depth has never been more glaringly obvious. When we have a couple of players or more missing, or go off the field of play, we don’t have adequate replacements for them. This was none more so apparent in the exchange of Ajeti for Kyogo and the switching of Bitton and McCarthy.
I cannot wait for the January transfer window to arrive as we need to help the players that seem to continually deliver for us, whilst there are those who just aren’t hitting the mark at present in this Celtic squad. You need a strong, competitive squad to win anything in football. If we are to progress, we need to address these key issues head on with no skimping on the money to fix our insufficient quality and depth within the squad.
Ange deserves it, he has performed a minor miracle getting us to the Europa League this season. The man must be given the funds and backing he has earned to push this rebuild onto its next phase. God that transfer window can’t open quick enough!