Billy Dodds expects Celtic to heavily defeat teams once defence improves

By John Reid

September 24, 2020

BBC pundit Billy Dodds has sent out a warning to the rest of Scottish football, that Celtic will heavily defeat teams once the defence is sorted out, the BBC Scottish Football Podcast reports.

Dodds has been impressed with Celtic’s midfield and attack so far this season. However, he still feels that work has to be done on the defensive side of the game.

Dodds believes that once the defence is sorted though, the Hoops will start running through the opposition.

“Midfield to front is fine”

“You do feel as if they are short of really hitting top gear yet. If they do that, midfield to front is fine. If Celtic start  defending properly, there could be a few teams in for a doing” Dodds said, appearing on the BBC Scottish Football Podcast (54:19, 23/09/20)

Just a note that a ‘doing’ is a Scottish word for beating someone up, if some readers aren’t aware.

Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti celebrate a Celtic goal / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

As for Dodds’ comments, some might argue that Dodds is being slightly harsh on the Hoops defence. After all, the Hoops have only conceded five league goals so far this season. However, the Celtic defence didn’t look great at times in the recent wins over St Mirren and Livingston.

The Hoops allowed Livingston to get back into the game late on, which should never have happened. What could be said though in defence of the backline is that the players are still getting to know each other. Injury has also been an issue, as the club tries to get its defence sorted out.

You would imagine the first-choice centre-backs will be the trio of Kristoffer Ajer, Shane Duffy and Christopher Jullien.

First-choice trio have only played one game together

However, due to injuries that trio has only managed to play one game together. Interestingly, that was the 5-0 ‘doing’ of Ross County.

Shane Duffy and Christopher Jullien celebrate (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Many Celtic fans might not pay attention to what Billy Dodds says, after all, he did used to play for Rangers. However, he might well have a point here.

Once the Celtic defence settles down, the Hoops do have the players to rack up the goals against the opposition.

In other news, Scott Brown has made some encouraging comments about Vasilis Barkas.