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.”
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…
I hope your bit including the recent signings on that statements
You might “ stick together “ but that doesn’t get results
This reminds me of Ally McLeod’s interview at Argentina ‘78 when he said the same thing.
Its as if they’re dumping the fans because of our ‘moaning’ https://t.co/iPWwWqaH0o
— Timor O’Seery ( Saoroadh ) (@seery_o) October 26, 2020
Start learning how to defend and get Duffy lessons too
— a parker (@goodson136_a) October 26, 2020
Not working hard at the min for their manager
— Mahna Mahna (@kamalone71) October 26, 2020
When the future looks grim hark back to the past.
— CG44 (@Ticketustastic) October 26, 2020
Load of nonsense. Enough Celtic, just enough! This Ra Ra cheerleader pish is embarrassing. The only thing we want to see is a winning team, or at least one that tries, we aren’t getting that with them, and won’t anymore under Lennon.
— lummy316 (@lummy316) October 26, 2020
That’s great in theory! How about putting this togetherness into practice and start playing as a team, United, winning and being on top!! I have the faith but it’s tough !!
— #angmooney (@angelamooney18) October 26, 2020
Ajer is out of his depth. Interesting that he showed up against AC Milan. Keeps him in the shop window with them. He’s a mediocre defender at best that has issues defending!
— C MacLabhruinn (@CMacLabhruinn20) October 26, 2020
You don’t play like a team who stick together, doesn’t look like you work hard on the training field and the chances of getting back to winning ways with a manager who seems unmotivated and tactically unaware is slim to none. Celtic have unfortunately lost their identity.
— YTRAM (@_MartyBoii_) October 26, 2020
Work on a defensive structure! …could learn a lot from the teams we come up against operating on a fraction of our budget given how difficult they make it for us to create half a chance!
If only we had that discipline at the back…
— Marko Rollo (@TheWebsEdge) October 26, 2020