The Celtic supporters are all blaming the same thing after dismal St Mirren display

By David Walton

December 22, 2021

The Celtic supporters are all pointing towards the lack of depth in their senior squad for tonight’s shocker against St Mirren.

Once again, Ange Postecoglou was forced into some major changes as he looked to scrape another victory in the Premiership. However, with David Turnbull the latest to pick up a substantial knock, the injuries caught up with us tonight.

Of course, that’s no excuse for failing to put away a side riddled with Covid. A team that wanted tonight’s match postponed. But the lack of quality in the final third without Jota and Kyogo was bad enough. Adding Turnbull into that bracket saw us tip over the edge.

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It’s not that Celtic don’t have enough players. Giorgos Giakoumakis and Albian Ajeti, for example, make up the 2 other senior strikers outside of Kyogo. Mikey Johnston is Jota’s replacement, whilst Liel Abada takes over from James Forrest. The issue is a severe lack of quality in those replacements.

Patience is needed for some of them. Mikey has been out for a substantial period of time whilst Liel is still only 20 years old and adapting to Scottish football. But it only strengthens the argument for urgent January action when the window opens next month.

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The truth is that if Celtic have their full team out and underperform tonight, they still likely win by a couple of goals. The job still gets done and we’re left satisfied at the very least that another key 3 points has been earned.

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Instead, we’re left ruing a dismal display and a lack of quality or belief in the players who were on the pitch tonight. Postecoglou simply doesn’t have the quality in reserve to go on a sustained winning run over a long period of time. Highly frustrating given Rangers are winning game after game in the Premiership.

But the positive for Celtic is that the supporters aren’t mystified as to what the problem is. It’s clear as day and it’s been slapping us in the face for weeks without any real consequence. Tonight that all changed, and finally we’ve been made to pay for our lack of quality in reserve.

All we can do is look to get through the Boxing Day tussle with St Johnstone and attempt to gear up for the Rangers clash on February 2nd. Win those and the league table will once again look a lot more attractive.

But as for tonight in isolation, the Celtic fans haven’t hidden their own thoughts on what’s to blame. Here’s a look at their reaction on social media:

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