Celtic conceding crosses are cause for concern

By Connor Gordon

December 23, 2019

Celtic really need to get their act together when it comes to crosses into the box. The Hoops are beginning to get found out at the back in the air in recent matches.

A cup final slaughter could have been on the cards against Rangers had they taken their aerial advantage. Aberdeen are now the latest side to take full use of the downside of The Bhoys.

Celtic under caution with crosses into box

Under the microscope, there isn’t a specific blame attached to the weakness.

Kristoffer Ajer in an aerial dual against Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The two big centre backs in Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien should be using their physicality. Ajer was hopeless against Sam Cosgrove for the Dons’ goal on Saturday, illustrating that.

However, Fraser Forster is also to blame for that goal – but coming out from his line is always a talking point.

The full-backs are also not doing enough to stop the crosses from coming into the box.

Are the full-backs to blame for Celtic crosses being a weakness? (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Jeremie Frimpong and Boli Bolingoli pushing up also comes into play with this as more space is open to wingers. Perhaps it’s a problem that isn’t being looked at properly on the training ground.

Rangers will try and open up Hoops with weakness

What is for certain is that Rangers are more than aware of the weakness, as the cup final shows. They won’t be unlucky this time round if the same chances come to fruition again on Sunday.

Alfredo Morelos’ brain farts against Celtic won’t last another if the Hoops continue to fail in aerial duels.

Alfredo Morelos is an aerial threat which Celtic must look out for. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jullien and Ajer must impose themselves right away and keep the free scoring Colombian quiet. Steven Gerrard is hardly a tactician – he is a hit and hope merchant up to Morelos – it should be simple. Corners will also be key as the Gers will get their defenders up the park too.

However, if the Celts put out their best team and the light blues put out theirs, it’s a Hoops win.

But, if an unlikely win comes for Gerrard’s side, there will be no doubts that it’ll come from an ill-defended cross.