Celtic man David Turnbull discusses details of behind-the-scenes post-Livi meeting
Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has revealed a post-match meeting held by the staff after the Livingston debacle on Sunday.
Livi managed to pull off yet another successful result against the Hoops in West Lothian. The 1-0 loss to the Lions left Celtic with no points from three away matches. That’s now six out of seven away trips have ended in defeat for Ange Postecoglou’s troops.
But the performance at the Tony Macaroni Arena was the most painful aspect of all. Celtic barely created an opportunity throughout the 90 minutes. It’s the first time this season the Bhoys have looked toothless in the final third.
And Turnbull has revealed some details of the post-match meeting the players and coaching staff had as they reviewed the dire performance.
Speaking via Celtic TV, Turnbull said: “We had a meeting during the week after it just discussing everything. Where we felt we went wrong, how to put things right, and how to put our style of play to good use like we’ve been doing. But it’s just about doing that in every game. We went over that and hopefully it starts clicking for us now.
“The supporters came out in their numbers on Sunday and it was disappointing not to send them back home happy. We’ve done that a few times this season. Personally you feel good about yourself in doing that, and it’s just about putting a run together now. I’m sure the fans will be behind us, they always are, and it’s just about providing results for them.
“I think the last game we played away against Betis – they’re a great side and I felt we kind of outplayed them for the most part of the game. It was just a few wee moments in the game that killed us. Sunday was a tough one. We know we weren’t good enough on the day. It’s just about putting that right, but I wouldn’t say at the moment we’re playing too badly. But it’s about stepping up these performances and getting on the winning end of the game.”
Celtic leaving little room for error; David Turnbull and co must improve
Celtic can have all the post-match meetings in the world. We would’ve expected them to have similar after Midtjylland, Hearts, Rangers, and Betis. But it hasn’t led to our away-day woes being solved.
It’s difficult to know what else can be said to the players at this point. You can’t direct them on how to win away from home. When they have the talent, which this Celtic squad does, it’s about finding the motivation within themselves.
Celtic have left little room for error now. We’ve already dropped nine points in six league matches. It doesn’t matter which way it’s dressed up, that’s a massive blow to our title aspirations.
Many Celtic fans before the campaign began would’ve stressed the need for a quick start. Put the pressure on Rangers from the get-go and let them feel the heat. That would’ve been the message that fans wanted the players to put into action.
That’s not happened. Instead, it’s ourselves facing the early-season doubters. And it makes it even more frustrating given the shaky start by Steven Gerrard’s team also.
Celtic may be in a period of major transition, but some of these results remain unacceptable. The time for a positive run of form is now. Tomorrow night’s game against Raith Rovers should help form a base for that.