Celtic supporters question logic behind Owen Moffat snub vs Dundee Utd
Many Celtic supporters have been left bemused by Ange Postecoglou’s decision not to give Owen Moffat an opportunity against Dundee Utd yesterday.
There was excitement pre-match when the young winger was deservedly named in the senior squad for the 1-1 stalemate against the Arabs. He would be the only attacking alternative, meaning it looked likely he was set for a runout at some stage.
However, instead, Postecoglou kept on the likes of Albian Ajeti, Liel Abada, and Jota when there was clear fatigue on show. Celtic struggled to lift their intensity levels in the second half in particular, yet Moffat still wasn’t given the chance to make a senior impression.
As expected given how we started the second 45, the game ended in a draw. Now, the Celtic fans are asking “What If?”. Given the ineffectiveness of Abada and Ajeti in the second 45, it’s difficult to understand why a cameo for Moffat couldn’t have been on the cards.
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Moffat made a big impression in pre-season. He bagged a superb goal against Sheffield Wednesday in our opening match and looked a pacey threat for the Hoops.
Postecoglou may say that he was simply looking to protect him. That it wasn’t the kind of situation to throw an untested youngster in. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Yesterday could’ve been an opportunity for Moffat to make himself an instant hero. He didn’t have to be the match-winner, but even if he injected some fresh legs and directness in the final third, it would’ve been a positive substitution. When you’re the Celtic manager, these are the risks you need to take.
Moffat’s time will come. He’s only 19, and this will be the first of many squad appearances for the attacking talent.
But that won’t stop Celtic fans from wondering what could’ve happened if a little extra trust was placed in him yesterday. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the lack of minutes for the youngster: