Where do we start?
Unfortunately for us, the whole squad picked yesterday to be the day they all hit the self-destruct button in what was an important game before the international break.
Ultimately we've picked up 1 point from 6 in the last 2 league games, completely unacceptable for a Celtic team.
Firstly, i'll start with Lennon. He can't compliment the strength in depth at his disposal then not make changes 3 days after a energy zapping European game to then say the players were a little fatigued!! Bayo, Ntcham, Sinclair & Biton should all have started yesterday or at least played more of a part then 30 mins ffs. Add in the fact we looked completely unprepared for the physical battle with Captain marvellous once again sheidting it when the chips are down and the invisble Forrest once again hiding behind his man at every turn when he knows he'll be clattered.
Having said all that, the man really to blame yesterday is Christie. Before the red card he had the first touch of John Leslie. He was abysmal and then his moment of madness happened, it's a ridiculous challenge, a leg breaker and he should be embarrassed by it. He's rightly received a lot of plaudits this season but yesterday he cost us the game. I've heard a lot of talk about it not being like him, absolute nonsense. Ryan Christie does have that type of tackle in him, he often lunges in and plays right on the edge. He should have been sent off against that mob from Estonia ffs
After that we still tried to win the game but the defending for both goals is shambolic, being a man down meant we struggled to press the ball but that still shouldn't stop Ajer and Julien from doing basic defending, although i admit they were trying to do more than they normally would need too.
We never really looked like scoring in all honesty and it's a massive wake up call, we've went from 3 clear and a +5 GD advantage to 2 behind and a -6 GD advantage
It's early days and Rangers will quite rightly enjoy the next 2 weeks but we now need to go on a run of 5 or 6 domestic wins to ensure we don't lose all of the good work we've done until now.
We're still 5 points or so better off than this stage last year but make no mistake, Rangers are a better side and whilst they've had an easier start with 5 home games from 8, they don't look like they'll drop many points from the teams outside of us.
Livingston 2 - 0 Celtic
Where do we start?