John Hartson and Chris Sutton react to weak Celtic display at Hibernian

By David Walton

February 27, 2022

John Hartson and Chris Sutton have given their instant reaction to today’s woeful 0-0 draw between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road.

The Hoops had the opportunity to open up a 6-point gap before Rangers host Motherwell at Ibrox this afternoon. However, in the end, a failure to take our opportunities led to us giving our rivals the chance to close that gap to a single point.

As for the performance itself, Celtic simply weren’t creative enough. Far too many of their top performers were left out of sorts, and it’s fair to say both Sutton and Hartson weren’t pleased like the rest of us:

Celtic had plenty of the ball in Leith, but in terms of their work in the final third, Hibs goalkeeper Matt Macey barely had a save to make.

The Hoops managed to pick things up after the arrival of Matt O’Riley in the second half. However, opportunities were still at a premium. Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada both got in behind the Hibs defence in the first half, but the angles were very quickly closed down by Macey.

It leaves Celtic watching on to see whether further damage will be done at Ibrox this afternoon.

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Celtic didn’t show the hunger required to get the job done at Easter Road

Carl Starfelt, Jota, Liel Abada, Callum McGregor, and Reo Hatate were all rested for the game against Bodo/Glimt on Thursday night. That was so they would enter today refreshed and ready to take Hibs down in what we hoped would be in comfortable fashion.

But there simply wasn’t enough hunger to make something happen. There were very few risks being taken by the Celtic forward players, and that’s a big reason as to why we have found ourselves on the end of such a frustrating result.

Celtic’s forward players are far too focused on making the simple pass. On the rare occasions we did mix things up, such as when Jota sent a long diagonal to Abada in the first half – it created a huge opportunity for us. But that inventiveness was rare this afternoon. That’s why we’re left hugely disappointed.

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It’s not as if we created chance after chance and were blowing the door down. Despite having plenty of possession we didn’t have a clue what to do with it. Similar to how we performed against Bodo/Glimt you might say.

There is still plenty of twists and turns to go this season. Rangers will still drop points and we’ll undoubtedly do the same. But it’s worrying that we haven’t blown an opposition team away since Motherwell at the start of the month.

That mojo we had at the beginning of 2022 has certainly left us. Time will tell whether we can find it again, but today wasn’t the best sign in terms of our character.

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