Callum McGregor's Celtic TV interview yesterday was certainly revealing
Callum McGregor’s Celtic TV interview certainly reflected woefully on Neil Lennon and Gavin Strachan.
Whether McGregor meant to or not, he let slip a crucial piece of opinion on the Livingston game that should concern Celtic supporters.
Celtic were again held to another draw in our second consecutive match post-Dubai. With 16 players and coaching staff members self-isolating, the Hoops have certainly been handicapped. But even so, there were a host of senior players still in the side for yesterday’s Parkhead clash. Yet Celtic failed to create a single clear-cut chance of note.
And McGregor was clearly fed-up post-match. Speaking to Celtic TV, he opened let slip that he had no idea as to why the tactics implemented were put in place.
“Not good enough. Took far too long to get going in the first half. We put ourselves under pressure. I didn’t really understand the game in terms of trying to build it, putting ourselves under pressure and giving them territory. That’s what they want.
“Really, really poor. They understand the game (Livingston). They use their presence, they run off the ball. That’s all the basics of the game. First-half we put ourselves under pressure with too many short passes. We have to turn them in that sense and start getting a bit of territory.”
McGregor’s Celtic TV interview shows real frustration; looks a player fed-up
It takes a lot for McGregor to show some cracks during his interviews. He’s normally as level-headed and calm as you could hope for if you’re part of the Celtic management.
But this performance from him on Celtic TV was eye-opening. It shows that even the players had absolutely no idea what we were trying to do. That even though we were keeping the ball and moving it around well in spells, there was no real plan of action.
It’s interesting that in the interview there was no discussion on how Celtic were trying to break Livi down. No reveal as to what Gavin Strachan and self-isolating Lennon were trying to get the Hoops to do.
It was perhaps summed up in added time when the ball was being recycled between Nir Bitton and Shane Duffy. As if Celtic were pleased with the point and that our work had been done. However, a full Celtic Park would’ve absolutely torn through the backline for that.
It seemed to be, from the outside looking in, as though we tried to vary things up going forward. From long Shane Duffy Hollywood passes to short midfield combinations, our attacking approach seemed to change like the wind.
But it’s clear McGregor had no idea what the plan was the longer the game went on. In a rare slip-up here, he’s allowed that to be revealed to Celtic TV. He had every sign on his face of a player totally fed-up with what he’s involved in.
Yet, more importantly, it shines a light on just how badly wrong Lennon and Strachan got it yesterday.