The St Johnstone win yesterday didn’t have many causes for concern, but Brendan Rodgers can think of one.
It seems a tad nit-picky to complain about anything regarding the performance yesterday. Celtic, over the course of the game, were imperious in their 5-0 mauling of Saints.
Tommy Wright’s men only fashioned one chance in the match that was saved by Scott Bain. Outside of that, it was total domination even if Celtic had periods in the game where they went into a lull.
But Rodgers told the Celtic website post-match that he wasn’t delighted with the final 20 minutes of the first half.
“I thought after that (Brown’s goal) we got a bit sloppy, with some misplaced passes, and we came out of our shape.
“Then we gave them an opportunity and Scott Bain had a good save.
“At half-time, we had to re-establish ourselves and control of the game in terms of our positioning.”
Can’t complain about anything as a supporter
Rodgers has every right to have a go at the final 20 minutes of the first half, but as fans, we don’t have much to complain about after yesterday.
When Celtic went 2-0 up, you can understand why they maybe went down a gear or two. Rodgers isn’t wrong in anything he’s saying, but the job was already done before then.
Complacency perhaps crept in for a short period of time. But the manager clearly got that message across to them after the break, given the Hoops netted another two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second 45.
It stresses the gulf in class between the sides that Saints only managed one chance with Celtic out of shape. Considering the Hoops gave away some bad loose passes at times, Wright’s side never looked like making the most of it.
Of course, Thursday night will be different. Valencia has the quality to pick Celtic off if the same quantity of loose passing is on show this week.
So Rodgers is 100% correct to get that hammered into the players ahead of the Europa League crunch. Here’s hoping they now heed the manager’s warning ahead of our biggest game of the season.