Norwegian pundit and former Celtic star Vidar Riseth has admitted he can’t put his finger on why the Hoops are underperforming.
The whole season has been a total write-off as the club has failed to defend their Premiership crown in abysmal fashion. Indeed, Celtic have now failed to win 11 of their 30 Premiership matches this season. The latest blip came in a horrendous 1-0 loss to Ross County in Dingwall last night.
It was another insipid display from Neil Lennon’s side, who barely have any decent performances from this season to show for their efforts. Even though the defeat yesterday snapped a five-game winning run, Celtic still haven’t been producing exciting displays.
And Riseth was at a loss to explain the “strange fall” as he backed the idea of a big summer clearout at the club.
As quoted by the Evening Express, the Norwegian said: “I saw Sunday’s game. Celtic haven’t been good this season but why they have been so poor is difficult to say. I think they could do with a few new players and some of the players need to go too. I don’t want to mention names but I don’t think this squad is strong enough to compete with Rangers.
“It’s been a strange fall from Celtic but the hardest thing in football when you wins titles is to get yourself up again the next year. All the teams behind you want to beat you and if you sleep a little bit they take the chance, like Rangers are doing right now.
“I think Celtic have been sleeping a little bit too much at the moment, that’s why Rangers are number one and can win the league at Parkhead next month.”
Celtic drop has been perplexing; Vidar Riseth not the only one at a loss
It’s funny in a way that many Celtic fans won’t even have been surprised by what they saw last night. Nope, if anything you expected County to go on and win after netting the opener.
Yes, losing in Dingwall to Ross County has become unsurprising. The evidence is there as to why. Home defeats to County and St Mirren. Two 4-1 hammerings off of a poor Sparta Prague side. Dropped points against the likes of Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibernian, St Johnstone, Livingston etc. It’s become too common.
To get into the details of why we’ve declined so badly, however, can only be diagnosed to an extent.
The failure to play Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull regularly from the beginning of the season looks a real blunder. The failure to replace Fraser Forster has hardly helped confidence at the back either along with the constant changing of the centre-backs from game-to-game. The same goes for the different shapes Celtic play in and failing to consistently utilise the one that fits our players best.
However, there’s more to it than that. More to it that supporters like ourselves simply can’t see behind the Lennoxtown doors. The Celtic players and the staff will have a fair idea as to why things have declined so badly. The chances are it’s not something they want to explain to supporters either.
A summer clearout is our main overriding concern this summer. But the fans have been insulted enough this season – an immediate sacking of Neil Lennon would be the correct step for everyone.