Celtic’s away form in the league took another down turn last night at Motherwell.
With the Hoops seemingly in cruise control heading back to the top of the league, they conceded a late equaliser to halt them in their tracks.
Celtic have played eight games away from Parkhead this season, and only won three of them.
Celtic have only conceded seven goals in the league this season, and four of them have come away from home.
This means that they’re not scoring enough on their travels. Two of their draws away from home have finished in goalless affairs.
The irony of Celtic’s away form is in the three games they’ve managed to win.
They’ve put 14 past their opponents in those wins. If they could spread some of those goals around then they would almost have certainly a perfect record.
Last night’s fixture at Motherwell was a chance for Celtic to kick on from Sunday’s Betfred Cup triumph.
For 88 minutes it looked like Celtic would be returning to the top of the league, with Rangers losing at home to Aberdeen. Then inexplicably, Christian Gamboa let a long ball bounce inside the box and Celtic were punished shortly after.
Celtic return home on Saturday to play new table toppers Kilmarnock, in what has just become a massive fixture.
It may seem harsh to criticise a team that is enjoying the run of form Celtic are in right now.
In mid-October it looked like Celtic would do well to keep their treble treble dream alive. In Europe they were toiling, and all but heading out of their Europa League group. They were even sixth in the league at one stage.
Now, things are rosier in Celtic’s garden and they have the chance to go top of the league and qualify for Europe after Christmas.
They’ve come a long way since Kilmarnock defeated them in September. They must complete the turn around on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers is yet to defeat Steve Clarke, and Saturday is about as good a time as any.