Celtic's Bitton and Frimpong must hold their hands up for woeful penalty actions yesterday
We’ve all bashed Neil Lennon plenty for yesterday’s performance, with his decision-making and performance levels way below par.
However, there is something he can’t legislate for that seemed to go a tad under the radar come the full-time whistle.
Yes, all the blame lies at the door of the manager, and everything that happens on the pitch is a reflection of what happens at Lennoxtown in the days leading up to it. But it’s time to turn our attention to Nir Bitton and Jeremie Frimpong.
Much has been made of their defending for Kevin Nisbet’s goal yesterday. His fine left-footed finish put Hibs 2-0 ahead at the time, with Frimpong failing to challenge a long ball and Bitton a mile away from Nisbet when the flick-on was won.
However, not a lot has been said about how they defended for the first goal. Yes, the penalty kick.
When Nisbet runs up to take it, you can clearly see the vast majority of Celtic and Hibs players preparing to run forward for the rebound. Not Bitton or Frimpong.
Both men stand there with their hands on their hips, and simply allow on-loan Rangers man Jamie Murphy to profit from the rebound and slam it beyond Scott Bain. It was pretty disgraceful stuff in truth, and extremely lazy from both.
This makes you feel for Lennon a tad. Remember, it was his captain who clumsily barged Martin Boyle over to give away the needless penalty in the first place. What Scott Brown was thinking of is absolutely anybody’s guess. It was totally ridiculous from someone so experienced.
But there’s no defending the sheer uninterested posture of both Frimpong and Bitton either. Especially when they can see Murphy is preparing to make his run alongside them.
This has now been pulled up by the Celtic supporters, and it’s something many of us are absolutely fuming with. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the incident:
No faith in their goalkeeper at all. Should be thinking he is going to save it n get the second ball. Embarrassing https://t.co/V7okpJE0VB
— Paul Gordon (@PaulGordon93) November 22, 2020
Shows everything we need to see right here man https://t.co/KFrQEA6795
— JF 🇮🇹 (@JodiForrester67) November 22, 2020
No trust in Bain to save it and that itself is worrying 🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/zWUVTg53l5
— Abbie McGinn (@abbie_mcginn_57) November 22, 2020
This is totally unacceptable at any level of fitba … taught fae under 8s to follow the ball in just incase goalkeeper saves it. This attitude is stinking from some our players https://t.co/rqnlWgXG9l
— Guiseppe (@glasgowderbyday) November 22, 2020
That photo is damning.. Pretty much sums up the attitude and effort of the team this season.. This isn’t solely a failing of Lennon&his coaches. It’s a failing of every single person involved in the management and playing side of things.. The buck stops with every one of them https://t.co/UU1O3jr2uq
— Chris O’Neill (@oneill_38) November 22, 2020
You'd get tore apart for this at Sunday league level and this is exactly why you can't just blame Lennon. Players attitudes have been shocking at times https://t.co/50DUCcaxmM
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— Paulo Di Ginlio🇮🇹 (@PaulMcG1994) November 22, 2020
I’d fine both of them a weeks wage for sheer and utter laziness! Chance you got of winning a league with this mentality https://t.co/c9G9YVuhgw
— Robert Stephen (@RobertStephen27) November 22, 2020