How bad does it need to be for Celtic to be in crisis?

By David Walton

September 28, 2018

Celtic’s domestic form is of huge concern, nobody will dispute that.

Yet, at what stage can you truly say that there’s a crisis at the club?

First thing’s first, we’re nowhere near that stage yet. As John Hartson stated several days ago, this remains a slump. It’s not something this Celtic side have been used to, and that’s why it’s being highlighted so strongly.

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic have been providing some terrible performances this season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic sit sixth in the Premiership, and that would generally always be considered a crisis. The difference is, we’re not even out of September yet and we’ve only played six rounds of the league so far. There’s still 32 more of those to go for things to change. The analogy of it being a marathon and not a sprint comes to mind.

How bad does it need to be in order for this to be called a crisis though?

The answer is simple – when things look so devastatingly bad that it would take a miracle to sort. The exact definition of crisis is “intense difficulty of danger”.

Nowhere near a crisis phase yet

Celtic certainly aren’t in that phase yet. Rangers aren’t 10 points clear and sweeping everyone aside with ease. Celtic also aren’t losing on a consistent basis even if it feels like it. In fact, they’ve lost just two of their opening eight domestic games so far. Added to that, they had previously kept five clean sheets on the bounce before Killie.

If this is a crisis, then winning the title but not by a landslide would be considered a mini-one then. Going by the logic of some on it being a crisis, that’s the conclusion you could come to.

Celtic’s win over Rangers remains the high-point of the campaign so far (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

No – what Celtic are experiencing is an extremely poor slump in form. All isn’t right, and Brendan Rodgers needs to work hard to find his strongest XI. He then needs to stick with it during all of the Hoops’ important fixtures.

A few sub-plots have made things a lot worse for Celtic than they should’ve been. The Dedryck Boyata refusal to play fiasco and the exits of key players such as Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Dembele haven’t helped.

Yes, Celtic shot themselves in the foot during the transfer window. That was unforgivable given where the club was, and people have to be held accountable.

It hasn’t led to a crisis, however. The league table can always look much worse in the early months of the season compared to how it truly shapes up.

Calling it a crisis is just beyond a joke at this stage of the season. A mini-crisis? More plausible.

When Celtic are looking like seriously losing the league title with not much hope of coming back, then you can hit out with such hard-hitting determinations.