It’s a nightmare situation for every Celtic supporter
Having already coughed up one trophy to their Glasgow opponents this season, occasions at Pittodrie indicated that the hazard to their crown from Govan is very real.
There has to be genuine worry that the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen was just the start for Celtic and that below Rodgers it is all starting to unravel at a ferocious tempo of knots. A banner used to be held aloft with the aid of an area of the Celtic fans as the teams emerged from the tunnel. The message used to be a simple one however it was loud and clear. It read: “Celtic board – on your heads be it.” Chants of ‘sack the board’ and ‘[Peter] Lawwell, get to fuck’ have been additionally audible in the Granite City.
The January transfer window used to be underwhelming, to say the least. And the timing may want to no longer have been worse. Celtic have had a bang-average season. They are constant in one factor solely – inconsistency. Long long gone is the rip-roaring, free-scoring, never-boring Celtic. That’s been changed with the uninspiring, misfiring, perspiring kind. Even Rodgers lamented the reality that his team is no longer hitting the consistency stages needed. He knows higher than each person what it takes to win a title, and he appears increasingly concerned.
As Rodgers stated in the aftermath of the Aberdeen match: “We have to sort it out on the field, That’s the fact of it. It is my job as the supervisor to make certain that we get up to the ranges that we want to consistently. The closing couple of performances have now not been at the level we want to be at. That is for us to find out.”
And Celtics have a lot to find out. Their last two shows have been insipid and abject. The group is bereft of the variety of fantastic that the manager craves.
The group has regressed and is going backward at an alarming rate. Teams seem to have sussed Rodgers’ side out and that is evident in the truth that the dream supply of talismanic Kyogo Furuhashi has all but dried up recently. As a substitute worryingly Celtic’s last two desires have come from deflected efforts which passed them a narrow win in opposition to Ross County and a blush-saving point towards the Reds.
The optics on that no longer appear good at all. What a time for Celtic’s shape to doubtlessly go off a cliff. What a season for the domestic dominance to potentially fall apart and fall aside at the seams.
There is still time and plenty of fixtures for Celtic to arrest the slide and halt the malaise that is permeating the club from those at the pinnacle right via to the recruitment as properly as the management and enjoying staff.
However, Celtic’s satisfactory run of form this season has considered them string together simply six wins on the bounce. By stark contrast, Philippe Clement’s Rangers have received 12 and misplaced simply once in their last 13 matches – satirically to their derby opponents – at Parkhead on December 30.
The temper song surrounding the two groups could not be greater specific Whilst Rangers are no exquisite shakes the Belgian is getting a tune out of his men. Rodgers’ team are hitting bum notes left, right, and center. There’s a feeling of deja vu and many supporters are evaluating it to the season that shall now not be named.
Back in 20/21, Rangers averted Celtic from writing their very own clean cheque and reaping the prosperous dividends that would have been on provide for securing their 10th consecutive title. The membership may want to have marketed any product with the coveted 10-in-a-row on it. Sadly it was no longer to be.
There is a genuine concern at this juncture that this marketing campaign is any other that could explode in Celtic’s faces as soon as again. Rodgers will in no way admit it publicly however he may additionally be beginning to think that the gamers he currently has at his disposal are no longer properly ample to see it over the line. Celtic are no longer taking part in like three-in-a-row champions and have not all season.
When the membership imploded three seasons in the past as records beckoned many viewed it as an unforgivable act of self-harm. It’s funny that some of these equal people are back in cost at the top running the membership once more. Peter Lawwell and Mark Lawwell have both been accused of being complicit in a so-called managed decline of Celtic.
If 20/21 used to be an act of self-harm is blowing the Scottish Premiership title from a position of financial dominance. Is 23/24 tantamount to an act of sabotage born from incompetence? The answer to that key query will emerge as an awful lot clearer in May.
History is beckoning once more as we enter the dawn of a new Champions League era. The first British membership to win the trophy returned in 1967 may want to be conspicuous via their absence from the said competition by way of failing to tightly close computerized entry.
Celtic want to sharpen up sooner as a substitute than later. Rodgers knows it. The supporters comprehend it. If they don’t they will hand Rangers a fat cheque upon which they can inscribe £60 million in the amount box. It is an essential lifeline that the Light Blues desperately want to compete against a club that has 8000 extra paying customers.
It was all smiles again in June between Lawwell, Rodgers, and CEO Michael Nicholson when the Northern Irishman was once unveiled as the man to replace the distinctly successful Ange Postecoglou. It was a happy, if slightly peculiar scene. Nobody at Celtic is laughing now.
An eight-point lead at the pinnacle has been obliterated in simply three months. Celtic can also well have received the two home league battles in opposition to Rangers already this season but these victories will be pyrrhic for Rodgers and his men if Rangers end up prevailing in the Scottish Premiership battle.
War? What is it properly for? It’s desirable for business.
Wait a minute, that reminds me, is not Lawwell a businessman to trade?