Celtic TV pundit Michael Stewart has criticised the champions for the way they shaped up against Rangers today, writing on Twitter during and after the game.
Stewart has been a prominent media figure for supporters this season, featuring on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ service.
Also on regular duty for BBC Scotland and Premier Sports, he gets as good a look at Scottish football than anyone.
Despite his appearances on club media recently, he laid into the team this afternoon, specifically questioning Neil Lennon’s tactics during today’s derby defeat.
He said, on Twitter: “Rangers in complete control. The exact same as the previous game between the sides. Celtic have no idea how to build the play, resorting to forcing it. Rangers pushing Celtic into all the areas they want them to go.
“Playing with effectively no width against Rangers plays straight into their hands. Tactically spot on from the Ibrox side. I genuinely can’t believe Celtic are shaped up like this.
“Rangers have dominated the last three games against Celtic. But that one is by far the easiest & most comfortable for Rangers. Celtic completely devoid of any idea how to breakdown their rivals. Huge opportunity for Gers to build a large lead and maintain it over the next few months.”
As harsh as Stewart’s comments are, I actually find myself not disagreeing too much.
Perhaps it’s the Saturday night blues of a derby defeat but I am very frustrated by Lennon today and his inability to get any closer to Rangers than the defeat at the tail-end of 2019.
Although we were struck by pandemic-related absences, it’s his job to put a team on the park that has an identity to it. That was missing today more than any of the ruled out players.
Lennon will attempt to shield his squad from criticism over the next few days but the questions hanging over the team are massive and he shoulders much of the responsibility.
The glare of the media and the Celtic support is on him at the moment. Everyone wants him to turn it around, but can he?