Jeremy Toljan’s future at Parkhead certainly doesn’t look too bright after another poor performance against Aberdeen.
The German right-back – signed on-loan from Borussia Dortmund back in January – has now had 10 appearances for the Hoops. Therefore, we’ve all now seen enough of him for us to reach a verdict.
His latest outing was the 0-0 home draw against Aberdeen. He took the place of Mikael Lustig in a slightly surprising decision by Neil Lennon. Lustig had performed admirably at Easter Road, but Toljan seemed to be first-choice for the Dons match yesterday.
But, despite being given the nod, Toljan put in a woeful display. The majority of his actions on the field were negative – consistently looking to pass it back to the centre-backs instead of looking to combine with James Forrest or Oliver Burke.
There were one or two occasions going forward where he linked up well. In the main, however, he was far too backwards and didn’t add enough down the right.
Perhaps more worryingly were some of his defensive lapses. There was one moment in particular where Toljan was caught napping – allowing Connor McLennan to ghost in behind him. Only the dominant defending of Dedryck Boyata halted Aberdeen nicking a goal from it.
Boyata and Ajer bailed Toljan out at times
Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer were terrific all game. But they certainly weren’t helped by the full-backs – and that includes Kieran Tierney.
But, when it comes to Toljan, we’ve yet to see what the fuss is all about. He’s not getting involved in attacking moves, and looks shaky defensively too.
If the German is to turn his Celtic form around, then he needs to start getting a grip of his performance levels. So far, he hasn’t shown anything to prove that he’s better than either Lustig or even Cristian Gamboa.
All three of these right-backs will be out-of-contract at the end of the season. That would leave the Hoops with just Anthony Ralston as the only available player in that position.
But in the short-term, Lennon needs to remove Toljan from the team. He isn’t good enough and doesn’t deserve to take Lustig’s place on a permanent basis. The Swede doesn’t deserve to go out to Toljan, and should see out the season in his right-back berth.
By the looks of things, the Borussia Dortmund man is just another in a long list of poor Brendan Rodgers signings.