The Hoops were very poor against the Ibrox side, and failed to have a shot on target in the game, which leaves Neil Lennon’s side four points behind Rangers in the Premier League table.
Fletcher, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, didn’t hold back in his comments about the Celtic performance, claiming that the team had no aggression and also lacked identity.
“They had no identity”
“Celtic played it like a friendly game, slow, passive, the biggest thing for me was the start of the second half, I expected Celtic to come out, really aggressive, press, raise the tempo themselves, and they didn’t do that…they had no identity” Fletcher said, whilst appearing on Sky Sports Main Event (17/10/20 14:35).
It is hard to argue with anything that Fletcher says. It was a very passive display from Celtic, which is hard to fathom when you consider that it was such a big game for the club. Okay, there were no fans there, and Celtic were missing players due to Covid-19.
Hoops will hope to repeat winning run of last season
However, that doesn’t legislate for how bad Celtic were on the day. Last season when Celtic lost to Rangers the Hoops regrouped and went on a winning run. That did coincide with the winter break. That obviously isn’t the case this season.
Therefore, it is up to Neil Lennon to find a way to get Celtic back on track. He doesn’t have a lot of time to do that. Celtic are back in action on Thursday, when they take on Milan in the Europa League. However, that game won’t be at the forefront of Celtic fans’ minds at the moment.
The fans will be reflecting on how the Hoops can make up for being schooled by Rangers for the second game in a row. That is not good enough. Fletcher has identified Celtic’s problems. Now it is up to Neil Lennon and the Celtic coaching staff to do the same.