Not feeling quite so chipper this morning,not after watching that dross yesterday. It raised a lot of questions but provided few answers. One question which should never be raised again though,is the one about NL getting the job full-time. Tactically out-thought from the start,he was unable to react when he saw his team being outfought and frankly outplayed.
Of course,when you looked at the bench,there wasn’t much hope of salvation there either. Second to everything all day,gubbed by an ordinary hun team,and we were running on empty long before the end. One shot on target-after 83 minutes!-and it was a pathetic effort by Burke.
In fact,the whole day was a pathetic effort,though you couldn’t fault the players for what effort they put in. But when you only have two players in midfield against their five,you will usually struggle. Which we did.
Broonie and Callum tried to get time on the ball,to send it to Rogic,Burke,Johnston or Edouard,but they were shut down virtually every time,the tackles snapping in from all over. Our forwards never got into it,and nothing was what we got out of it.
Our much-vaunted huge and over-sized squad was found to be a myth,with only one forward and TWO rightbacks on the bench. Of the remaining three,I think they’ve played about a dozen games between them this year. The bench was as disjointed as the first eleven,and the longer it takes to get the finger out and rebuild this team,the harder it is going to be. While not attempting to scapegoat anyone,our two second-half substitutions were the only time I noticed the involvement of either player all day. And they might not even have been the worst on the park.
As always,FAN-A-TIC gives a somewhat less jaundiced view of proceedings…
Rangers v Celtic May 12th 2019
CELTIC: Bain; Lustig, Ajer, Simunovic, Hayes; Johnstone, McGregor, Brown, Rogic, ; Burke, Edouard
SUBS: De Vries, Bitton, Toljan, Sinclair, Benkovic, Ralston, Ntcham
Not sure about inclusion of young Johnston .Would rather we had stronger midfield
Hope Ed plays from left with Burke ahead.
Game kicks off with huns pressing.
2mins hun free kick fired straight into net due to passive defending. 0-1
4 mins Huns aggression causing discomfort.
5 mins we clear another dangerous free into box.
7 mins huns snapping into tackles and we are hesitant.
11 mins we finally mount an attack but cross cleared for throw in.
14 poor shape of Celtic allowing huns acres of space in central areas.
15 Hayes cross goes behind for a goal kick.
17 Bains saves Defoe shot after bad turnover in midfield.
We go straight upfield but Burke shoots high and wide.
19 Defoe dives in box but no penalty or booking.
Our lack of movement making huns day easy as we have no outlet other than hopeful punts.
23 mins Arfield twice leaves foot in on Brown in quick succession.
25 Why does our coach or players not recognize huns are hunting in packs and leaving plenty space to attack?
25 mins Bain quickly off line to gather.
28 mins hun short corner cause problem due to our passive defending.
31 mins Brown heads ball out for corner. Bain gathers cross.
33 mins good interplay on right leads to free in dangerous area.McG hits free straight out for goal kick.His dead balls are awful.
36 mins good ball over top by Lustig to Ed but he can’t control.Then fanny Goldson does plastic hardman impression.
37 mins good break by Hayes and Johnston wins corner.McG hits another crap one.
41 mins we have not created one chance against hun dross.
42mins another floaty McG corner comes to nothing.
43 mins Hayes cross goes out of play on opposite side for throw in.He must be taking lessons from Izzy.
45 mins Bain blocks shot for corner that Goldson heads over
47 mins ref puts us out of our misery and blows for half time.
As bad a first half as i’ve seen us produce.
Clueless by players and coaches.
second half begins
47 mins Arfield with sleek it trip on Hayes to stop break.No booking.
50 mins Flanagan elbows Brown in face as we take corner but only booked?
57 mins whole team looks hesitant and only Brown trying of midfield selection.
57 mins Johnston not coping with games physicality.
59 mins still struggling to string more than 2 passes together.
61 mins huns have 3 corners in succession.
63 mins huns score after poor defending 2-0
64 mins Sinclair on for Johnston.
68 mins we are second to every ball.
69 mins only Brown putting in effort.
72 mins evident that no one wants the ball.
73 mins hayes booked for foul in dangerous are but it comes to nothing.
77 mins Bain makes good save
82 mins Burke trundles weak shot for easy save after great Ed run.
87 mins abject failure by coaches today.
89 mins Celtic tv commentators talking about lack of chances we have created.What games have they been watching since Lennon arrived as this has been the norm.
91 mins Another crap floaty dead ball from McG comes to nothing as usual.
92 mins ref puts us out of our misery and blows final whistle.
I know it was not vital to win this game but our capitulation to an average workmanlike side was unforgivable.
As poor a coaching performance would be hard to find.
No shape ,tactics or purpose.
The blame game by Lennon in after match comments were cringeworthy.
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