Last night was another performance that summed up Celtic for the last few weeks. In one of the worst matches fans have seen in years, Dundee were unlucky not to pick up three points and if they did win, few could argue with the result.
There are many words to describe Celtic’s performance last night but the one that crops up a lot is lacklustre. No desire, no heart and no fight. It’s a strange one though, as it’s not only players who seem lost, but the coaches and the board have this same mentality. I seriously hope Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond have some master plan ready for next season which involves some wise spending and a real focus on doing well domestically and in Europe. But, if things stay as they are, then things will only get worse.
Fans have been and will continue to not attend Celtic Park given the team’s current outlook. Last night, an interesting discussion was raised by fellow fans who I spoke to all prior to kick-off. They all said that enough was enough and change had to be made. Those fans who have been through the best and worst times at the club feel the pain. Some felt that last night’s game was their breaking point. They had given full support to Deila, the players and board, but felt that the club simply not returning the favour.
An adult season ticket at Celtic starts at £416, but is it really worth it? Added to the probable increase of it next season as one fixture returns, then fans will feel cheated and Lawwell will have pound signs in his head. It’s simply unfair on the support who have backed the club throughout the pain of the last eight months.
What really annoyed fans was that at times last night there was the lack of creative spark in the side. To be fair, there has been very little inspiration in an attacking sense and that’s what really upset fans. Playing the Celtic way has been well and truly thrown out of the window, and it’s been replaced with the same predictable and boring football. It’s easy for teams to come to Celtic Park and come up with a game plan to neutralise Celtic.
Dundee did really well to compile a plan which involved flooding the inside of the pitch and only really allowed Celtic to cross the ball from wide positions. It amazes me that the management team did not notice this during the game and didn’t switch both Forrest and Roberts to their natural positions (Forrest on the right and Roberts on the left). Then again, some tactics this season have been baffling and last night was another example of this.
It’s been one of those seasons for fans where they’ll look back on with disappointment. So much promise but little to shout about throughout the campaign. One can only imagine that this will get better for fans because if it doesn’t, then Celtic will be lucky to get that core support next season.