Chris Sutton reels off ridiculous list of issues Celtic have left Postecoglou with
Chris Sutton has reeled off the ludicrous list of issues Celtic left Ange Postecoglou with after being knocked out of the Champions League by Midtjylland.
The Danish side are through to the third qualifying round after beating the Hoops 3-2 on aggregate. However, the damage was done tonight at the MCH Arena.
Postecoglou’s woefully under-prepared Celts came up short on the night. The team had major shortages in it, with Celtic simply not backing the manager quickly enough in the transfer window.
And Sutton has criticised the club for the number of issues they left the new Celtic boss with heading into tonight.
Speaking on Premier Sports [Premier Sports 1, 28/07, 21:20], Sutton said: “
“It’s embarrassing for Celtic to go out of the Champions League at this stage. I think we all know the reasons for it. The manager has been dealt an awful hand, I said it last week and I said it would be a miracle if Celtic made the group stages.
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“Look at his bench tonight, what he had to work with, what he had to throw on. There have been issues that have been needed addressing for a long time at the football club. We’re speaking about the goalkeeping issue before the game – every Celtic fan knows they need a goalkeeper who is up to it. Why haven’t Celtic acted?
“Why on earth was Kristoffer Ajer sold and Dane Murray thrown in at the deep end. Bitton once again playing in a Champions League qualifier. It’s embarrassing and it’s mismanagement from the top. This isn’t on the manager, this is on the board.”
Chris Sutton rightly avoids blaming Ange Postecoglou
The Celtic board were always going to be in the firing line tonight. Fans would’ve been willing to hold off on them had we gone through tonight. But if Postecoglou had managed to complete the job, it would’ve been done in spite of the hierarchy, not because of them.
Dom McKay has had a slow start since joining. Embracing fan media is one thing, but all we want is a squad to be proud of on the pitch. That’s ultimately what he and the manager will be judged on. And it’s McKay’s job to ensure Postecoglou has the tools to form a capable squad.
Like it or not, his first major assignment has ended in failure. His goal over the summer had to be to find a manager and ensure he had a team in place capable of navigating a tricky first UCL qualifier. That hasn’t happened.
What else could Postecoglou have done? Sure, you could argue about certain subs coming on earlier. You may not even have agreed with the starting line-up. But the manager has been given very little to work with.
He’s had to deal with his number one centre-back leaving for Brentford. His number two is out injured. And his new centre-back signing wasn’t even eligible tonight.
All of a sudden, unnecessary pressure is thrown onto the manager for Saturday’s game at Hearts. Pressure that’s come from this club’s failure to prepare that stretches back seven months.
Celtic need a big reaction from what’s been a devastating night.