Well that was a roller-coaster kick in the balls wasn’t it?
Worse thing was a lot of us just shrugging as if we weren’t surprised.
I put my hands up, i may be too blame as I tweeted it would be nice to see Derek McInness raging at an extra time winner for us.
Karmas a bitch and all that.
Yesterdays performance (hmmm!- Ed) threw up some More Questions…add your thoughts and own in the Comments section please.
Thoughts I wonder on:
Why is Lenny so passive?
Wheres the fire?…Why is a he a shadow of his former self?
I can accept Lenny grabbing at getting his dream gig permanently and all that but why let the Club impose his staff on him without even letting him bring in a right hand man?..its Keane getting told of Deila all over again and we all know how Roy Keane reacted to that.
How much influence did Damien Duff have and how much are we missing it?
Is anyone out there giving the team instructions from the Technical Area, Dugout or Sidelines…without fans at the game its hard to tell just where Kennedy and Strachan are positioned but Lenny just seems to sit there frowning. Im pretty sure even old Roy Hodgson is out there giving direction so what exactly is Lennys excuse?
Why did the sum signing fee of our Goalie and Back 4 cost £350k ( only Frimpong!)..Ajer is a converted midfielder so Im not sure that could be classed totally as “forward planning”. You may cite loan fees but hoping late signed Loanees will dig you out a hole is madness when you have a whole season to deal with and plenty of time for planning, signing and conditioning. You may say what about Taylor, Jullien and ElHamed but all good teams have a firm well established back-up in place for any drop-outs, we seemingly don’t, we just clutch at straws and hope it will come good in time.
A big question now…Who exactly thought signing Shane Duffy was a perfect fit for Celtic?
We have seen countless times where players who “battle” well for their clubs are brought in and suddenly dont know what to do as their natural game is turned on its head with Celtic only facing rare attacks and focusing on their own possession. Duffy seems a shadow of a Celtic Warrior..his passing is poor, his decision making is terrible, he ball watches and he even looks at Ajer for instructions…has he and whoever signed him seriously misjudged his ability to handle football in a Celtic jersey or is there a role for him in our defence with a major focus needed on communication and execution?
What exactly are we trying to do with the full-backs, wingbacks, wingers?
Frimpong didnt seem to know what to do yesterday or how far up the park to place himself. No consistency means its harder for any colleague to find him. Whenever he got the ball he would hesitate to commit the Aberdeen player and onus was lost. We really need to help the lad out there, he needs to be working with someone inside or overlapping to give him space to drive. On the left, new arrival Laxalt is coming on well enough but he does seems to be getting over-praised for my personal liking, he might be supplying a better ball but is slow getting back to cover and at this point in time, everyone needs to be manning the barricades all the time.
In which backs to wall scenario does anyone see themselves turning to Olivier Ntcham?
Tom Rogic supplied two vital assists yesterday yet somehow people were still slamming him for lack of effort. Im not sure what sort of player they think he his but I would take Rogic’s clinical passing for 2 goals over Ntcham’s midfield dawdling or hopeless penalty box stumbling any day.
Why do we continue to look so unfit? Have the players just ran out of steam with a busy schedule or is our fitness and recovery needing reviewed?
What exactly has Barkas done or not done to get so many Celtic fans annoyed at him? I dont think its Goldsons goals as I dont blame the keeper for those. As far as I can see its not being Fraser Forster, the guy who left us, again. Bain did okay yesterday but somehow folk were also down-crying his performance, I have no idea why. He made a good save for the second goal and I thought it was a worthwhile decision to try and stand upright and psyche Ferguson on the last penalty attempt. Its weird how some fans can adore folk who turned their backs on the team rather than salute the ones coming onboard and trying their best.
On that train of thought, just what exactly have ElHamed and Mikey Johnson done in The Hoops to make folk herald them as team saviours? Griff I can understand but the other two are getting calls for “Once they get back…thank the Lord”…Im not sure why…can anyone clarify all those superstar performances I must have missed?
Why do Celtic fans just love the Great Green and White Hopes where the less the play, the better they get?
There are 2 maybe 3 players in Forrest, maybe Jullien, but especially Eddie that could turn this around but at present I fear none of them will be back before year end and even then, Eddie might be looking at January window exit and possibly Jullien hoping to go with him.
Now, for a change, I am gonna end this latest moan by trying to think positive:
I saw some flashes yesterday , the first half possession and the first 2 Hoops goals especially, to offer tiny glimmers of hope so lets consider where we need to step onto from here….
We win our game in hand and we can effectively be One game away from Top.
Thats as simple as it can be.
That is what Lenny has to think. How simple can I think this?
It doesnt need major surgery (I know, I know). It doesnt need Football Manager 2021 Deluxe Edition. It doesnt need a miracle. It needs good old fashioned common sense, basically:
How can Lenny get the best out of the currently available players?
How can Lenny prepare best for the return of other players – this includes not just throwing them in early?
How can Lenny establish a firm game plan where everyone knows their roles, positions and responsibility, ranging from defensive actions when in and without possession and attacking positioning and execution.
How can Lenny utilise the 5 sub places without just seeming to throw randoms on in hope…couldn’t Turnbull be worth more that 10 minutes, couldn’t Soro give someone like McGregor a break now and then etc?
Now you may notice I keep saying Lenny above.
In previous articles I was citing Lenny and his Management Team. At this point I think that is a dead relationship. One way or another, it is Lenny alone that will pay the most for this if it doesnt get sorted out. And so, in that respect, I say its Lenny who must call ALL the shots and make the decisions.
The next few games of decisions that will either save his job, or end it.
Over to you Lenny, just remember that we all have your back, even the ones who want you gone are doing that out of love.