Some Celtic fans take aim at Jeremy Toljan after poor Hearts display

By David Walton

February 27, 2019

Jeremy Toljan’s display at Tynecastle tonight wasn’t his best in a Celtic jersey.

The on-loan Borussia Dortmund right-back made just his eighth appearance in the Hoops. The game comes not long after he received an unfortunate red card in Valencia too.

Tonight, he looked ropey at times. The German often failed to control the ball efficiently, and his passing was also consistently loose. He looked a player unsure of what his role was, and it led to a tough shift on a tough night.

Jeremy Toljan cost Celtic in Spain (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

But Celtic got the result on the night. A massive 2-1 victory at Tynecastle keeps the Hoops eight points clear at the top of the Premiership. For some fans, however, the performance of Toljan was too poor to let slide.

Big challenge there for Toljan in coming weeks

Like it or not, there clearly is something there with Toljan. You simply don’t make 23 appearances for Borussia Dortmund if there isn’t. But, for some reason, he’s struggling to show his main qualities at Parkhead.

Tonight, he didn’t show much on the overlap. Even on the occasions he did get free down the right, his final ball was poor all night. Often failing to beat the first man, you can’t be blamed for expecting more from the German.

He was hooked for the final few minutes as Mikael Lustig was reintroduced to the side. It was Lustig’s first appearance since the 2-0 win at St Johnstone earlier this month. Whether it was also a warning for Toljan remains to be seen.

Is Mikael Lustig set to come back into the side? (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon’s selection for Easter Road on Saturday will be an interesting one. Toljan is, after all, a Rodgers signing. On the other hand, Lustig was brought to Parkhead by Lennon back in January 2012. He may still feel as though the Swede could offer the club something.

There’s no denying Toljan hasn’t been as impressive as the rest of the January signings.

Both Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke have both had more blistering starts to their Celtic careers. If Toljan wants to make the same impact, he’ll need to improve his displays.

There’s an element of the support turning on him already. It’s now down to him to prove them wrong.