Pundit Michael Stewart has delivered a scathing verdict on Celtic’s midfield problems, speaking on tonight’s BBC Sportscene programme (19:52).
Neil Lennon’s team failed to win away to Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, requiring a last-minute effort from Diego Laxalt to rescue a point at Easter Road.
Inevitably it has led to discussions online and in the media about what’s going wrong at the club, as Rangers romp ahead at the top of the table.
For Celtic TV pundit Stewart, the problems lie in the middle of the park.
He was unimpressed with what he witnessed on Saturday.
Speaking on tonight’s edition of BBC Sportscene (19:52), the former Hibs and Hearts man said: “The miscommunication and working between the players there, it’s slack play.
“When you look at when Brendan Rodgers and Celtic were flying, the midfield in particular, there was always interchanging, quick passing, players were in close contact with each other.
“Now they’re being forced apart, the balls are becoming longer or riskier, and they’re not doing it quick enough either.
“Celtic at the moment don’t seem like they’ve got the determination or the know-how. The middle of the park there, that’s a concern, they couldn’t get the game knitted together.”
There is now rather obvious evidence that there has been a severe regression in the team compared to the Rodgers days at Celtic.
However much we dislike him for leaving the Bhoys the way he did, you can’t deny he raised standards massively at the club.
If you take Callum McGregor as an example, he looks a shadow of his former self at times, especially this season. Yet, he was impressive for Scotland recently against Serbia.
The tactical system in the middle of the park just isn’t working right now. Sadly, neither is the blend of players, and it becomes more and more apparent as the season goes on.
Something is badly wrong right now, and whether you attribute that to the manager or the players, something needs to change quickly.