Celtic discipline must improve after recent showings

By Connor Gordon

September 23, 2019

Celtic are playing at the top of their game domestically and in Europe at the moment. Undefeated since the Cluj disaster and looking pretty at the top of the league is proving many of Neil Lennon’s doubters wrong.

With the bad comes the good unfortunately in recent matches.

There is a growing concern in terms of the prevalence of more penalties and diving faults. This is something Lennon and co must nip in the bud immediately before there is serious harm done.

Celtic have to sort out recent record on discipline

The Hoops dominated yesterday afternoon against Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.

Odsonne Edouard is Celtic’s saviour following Killie goal. (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

An early Eamonn Brophy opener was cancelled out by Odsonne Edouard‘s double and Ryan Christie’s tap-in.

A game home and hosed almost wasn’t as Scott Brown gave away a penalty on the 85th minute.

Thankfully, Fraser Forster saved his second penalty since his return. However, this was the second penalty the big Englishman has faced this week.

Kristoffer Ajer shoddily handed Rennes the lead last Thursday in the Europa League by giving a penalty away.

Too many are having monetary lapses in concentration and must remember to stay on their feet. Don’t be too quick in forgetting Brown conceding a penalty in that Champions League qualifier against Cluj too.

Scott Brown must take steps for improving Celtic discipline problem. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

It’s not just penalties that are the downside in what is an impressive opening start to the season.

Diving is a growing problem which needs nipped in the bud immediately

A positive from the Brendan Rodgers years was an immensely high disciplinary record. Not to say that Lennon’s is by any means catastrophic.

Unfortunately, there is an emerging diving trend entering Celtic’s play in recent matches. Edouard was cautioned on Thursday for simulation and some will say James Forrest’s penalty was soft.

Neil Lennon needs to have a word with Ryan Christie over simulation foul. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, Ryan Christie should have been awarded a spot-kick for a clearer foul in the box.

But, Christie was caught throwing himself to the ground yesterday against Kilmarnock and was booked.

There is no major cause for concern yet but it’s something for the backroom staff to keep an eye on. Failure to do so may result in a more clinical team using it to their advantage and leave the Hoops trailing behind.