Celtic fans will need more than empty player soundbites to have hope of future progression

By John McGinley

October 26, 2020

You may have noticed a trend when Celtic lose big or important matches.

The club goes largely silent on social media, and they don’t rear their head until a day or two after the match.

However, when a draw occurs, they usually put on a brave face.

So it was today.

The club posted comments from Kristoffer Ajer on Twitter at lunchtime apparently designed as a unifying call to get behind the team after recent adversity.

The defender said: “This is a great bunch of players who have been through so much over the last few years. We always stick together, we work hard every day in training, and we’ll work hard to get back to winning ways.”

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The official Celtic TV account also posted ‘Unique Angle’ highlights of yesterday’s disappointing 3-3 result.

Unfortunately for the club, they’ve not read the room correctly here, and the vast majority of responses to both posts was full-blown negativity.

There is nothing inherently wrong with what Ajer is saying. I’m sure there is some element of belief in that dressing room, and the Norwegian international was actually one of our most passionate performers at Pittodrie.

However, the team doesn’t look like it is playing for one another right now, so when empty soundbites come out after the game counteracting that theory, most fans are only going to react one way.

Supporters are going to need more than empty soundbites from the players and manager over the next weeks and months.

For many, the entire season is at risk of unravelling, and we need to see this kind of attitude on the pitch when it matters.

If the club weren’t aware of that already, they might be today after these fans took to the social media site to make their feelings known…