Brendan Rodgers spoke to BBC Sport Scotland after the 2-0 defeat his team suffered at the hands of Hearts and revealed that the display didn’t surprise him. It’s a startling revelation from the Celtic manager and one that is an immediate concern as the the title credentials amongst this group as we have blown an eight-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Today was just another in a steady decline in performances lately and despite that lift we got against Feyenoord the other evening, our domestic form is in freefall territory after that result today. The manager has got to really be getting better out of the group of players he has at his disposal and everyone understands the injury crisis which has hit the squad and laid up some of our key starters.
Nevertheless, he should be able to motivate and organise a team to beat Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park. The home form this year has been a major concern too, with many believing that the recent crisis we find ourselves in can be traced back to the banning of the Green Brigade by the Celtic heirarchy. This divide has certainly not helped anyone and a house divided cannot stand as we all know from previous experience.
There is major questions hanging over the players and the manager right now, but moreso, the board of directors who have shamelessly let us sleepwalk right into another scandalous episode on the park. After the throwing away of the Ten-in-a-row season, everybody thought we had put that behind us and were set to change how we operated. It’s becoming more and more obvious that Ange Postecoglou and Frank Trimboli papered over the cracks for those two years.
Here’s the manager on that awful display…
🗣️’I’m not surprised if I’m honest… We’ve not shown the necessary determination’
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) December 16, 2023