Celtic hero Pat Bonner has slammed his former side for a perceptible averageness in their brand of football against Aberdeen over the weekend.
The Bhoys secured all three points on the road in a rare away win for Celtic, thanks to goals from new Celtic stars Kyogo Furuhashi and Benfica loanee Jota.
The victory marks the club’s first victory on the road since February in a staggering yet unwanted record for Ange Postecoglou’s side that stretches well beyond his reign at Celtic.
However, Nicholas remained unconvinced fully by the result and saw it more as a reprieve from recent calamity than as a sure-fire sign of Celtic regaining dominance over the league.
Writing in the Daily Express [via Glasgow Times], he said: “Sunday’s win at Aberdeen should be a morale-booster for Celtic, having notched their first away win since February.
“I watched the Pittodrie game. It looked like two middle-of-the-road teams trying as best they could.
“It was wholehearted and there was good character on display from the players, but both my old clubs are nowhere near the standard expected.
“There wasn’t a lot of quality on show. It wasn’t pretty. The Dons deserved a point but it’s a boost for Ange Postecoglou who has earned a break.
“However, all the uncertainty surrounding Celtic won’t go away following one on-the-road victory.”
However, Nicholas was keen to stress how Celtic do deserve credit for securing a much-needed away win.
He added: “The boss, though, can enjoy a wee bit of respite as the internationals arrive.
“I said before it would be September or October before we can start to judge him.
“I like the Australian’s attacking philosophy. However, his team is strong in the wide areas while weak elsewhere.”
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The result will certainly act as a breath of fresh air around Celtic Park, given that the Bhoys have spent the best part of the year starved from an assuredly positive result on the road.
Nicholas’ cry of averageness over the two teams is not to be ignored however; Celtic won only by the fine margin of a late goal and will not want to be caught wanting in the future.
There is still plenty of work to be done domestically to compensate for dropped points, and whilst Ange’s attacking approach is taking shape, results will need to continue on such a positive trajectory if the Australian is to be judged as a success.