Rodgers baffling changes and four things learned against Hibs

By Connor Gordon

December 17, 2018

Brendan Rodgers’ stubbornness allowed Hibs to crush Celtic at Easter Road.

The manager’s inept tactics, and failure to change his formation was his downfall.

He wasn’t solely to blame, as the players let themselves down.

Celtic could have put some pressure on Rangers at a key point in the season but it wasn’t taken.

Rodgers could rue Hibs changes for a long while

Celtic were without a couple of key players but still fielded a capable team in Edinburgh.

The bizarre decision to retry the failed 3-5-2 had fans immediately scratching their heads.

It wasn’t surprising to see Neil Lennon being able to set his side to pick off the empty spaces left by incapable defender Emilio Izaguirre.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon out thought Brendan Rodgers at Easter Road. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Vykintas Slivka’s opener was a simple and effective plan executed by Hibernian.

The Bhoys failed to put in the required levels of performance, but Rodgers’ decision not to change the shape lost Celtic the match.

The second goal was a carbon copy of the first – too many gaps are left with 3-5-2.

Stand-ins aren’t good enough

It’s the same players who are rightfully scapegoated for poor performances.

Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham and Emilio Izaguirre were empty jerseys once again.

Scott Sinclair’s performances are leaving a lot to be desired. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Replacements Jonny Hayes and Lewis Morgan failed to rise to the occasion too.

Some of these players need to be shipped out and Rodgers will know this too – quality over quantity.

Johnston should play on Wednesday

One player who did make a good account of himself was young Mikey Johnston.

The winger was bright in his short spell on the pitch and did more than the rest combined.

It’s his bright spark that Celtic have missed since losing Patrick Roberts in the summer.

Sinclair should be dropped and Johnston should rightly get a run in the team.

We need Ryan Christie

The impact of his spell out with injury is beginning to show up already.

The rhythm is now upset in the first team and Celtic are another game changer down.

Ryan Christie will be back before the new year’s game against Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Hoops were missing his energy and drive plus his ability to nick a goal.

Fortunately, his injury isn’t as bad as first though and fans can’t wait to have him back.

Celts should be looking at Kamberi

If the defeat told you one thing, and that is Celtic should be pulling all the stops to get Florian Kamberi next month.

The Hibs striker has scored eight in 15 this season and should be Leigh Griffiths’ replacement.

The star man smashed the net with his club’s second goal and didn’t look out of place.

Celtic should be looking at signing goalscorer Florian Kamberi in the January transfer window. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

This isn’t the only time he has netted against The Bhoys, having scored in October’s 4-2 defeat at Parkhead.

The loss allowed Kilmarnock and Rangers to leapfrog Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

There is now a potential title race on our hands, here’s hoping Rodgers can now handle the competition.