AC Milan 4 – 2 Celtic
Another day,another drubbing. And that from the unlikely position of actually being two goals up at the San Siro! Quite clearly,this is a Celtic side which has simply forgotten how to defend. Tom Rogic and I Wanna had us in the driving seat within quarter of an hour with two excellent finishes,but around ten minutes later that lead had been cancelled out. The first one was from a free kick,foolishly conceded by Christie,and Barkas did as he has done so often this season,electing to second-guess where the ball was going before it had been kicked. As usual,he got it wrong.
The second came about from the ball cannoning around in the box with none of our players seemingly able to plant a foot through it. Laxalt eventually tried that but could only deflect it past the keeper. The third,just after half time,was about as perfect a summation of our defending this season as you are likely to get. Hauge just drifted down our right wing,everyone stood back and admired his silky skills and the nearest Barkas got to the shot was picking it out of the net. The fourth was a virtual rerun,Elhamed sticking out a foot like an out of step Hokey Cokey dancer while Hauge simply threaded the ball a few yards inside. The attempt by Barkas to block honestly had me wondering how this guy ever got a professional contract.
Some of our play elsewhere on the pitch was more like our old selves,but again we are allowing teams to get the ball forward at speed,with little from our midfield to prevent the defence coming under pressure. And we know how this defence copes with pressure.
Neil Lennon must be able to see the frailties in these two departments,but there is nothing that I have seen to suggest that weaknesses are being worked on. If he genuinely has no idea how to sort this,allow me to suggest trying drills. Maybe he could watch our games against the teams who play with ten men behind the ball,the ones we have ridiculed for years. Just look at how quickly they regain their shape when they lose the ball. When we lose the ball in an attacking position,the next Celtic player to touch it is usually when the keeper picks the ball out of the back of the net.
If the board are intent on persevering with the current management set up,I suggest they help them out by employing an experienced specialist defensive coach. Otherwise we might as well forget about the season. There are still a lot of games to go domestically,but barring a miraculous turnaround in fortunes,and in form in those problem areas in particular,we needn’t order much silver polish over the next few months.
A shocking state of affairs,and one which looks set to continue.
Above article by BMCUWP