James McFadden blasts Celtic lack of planning stretching back over 2 years
James McFadden is at a loss as to why Celtic haven’t had a succession plan in place for a number of key positions, including at right-back.
Currently, Anthony Ralston is the only available right-back for Ange Postecoglou, a player who has struggled to be anywhere near the first-team for years.
That’s despite selling Jeremie Frimpong six months ago. For McFadden, the issue stretches back more than two years when the club failed to truly replace Mikael Lustig.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live tonight [20:30], the former Everton star said: “That’s been a big problem for them. They’ve not replaced Lustig at right-back either. I know Frimpong came in last year but he was a punt. He was someone who blew everyone away when he got a chance, including himself, he was surprised by how well he did.
“You talk about planning and did they see this coming? You could see in the latter stages of Lustig’s Celtic career there was a replacement needed quick and they never managed to do it.
“So, you have to look forward. You can’t look at it and say everything’s great, we’re winning trophy after trophy. You have to improve, you can’t stand still. You’re risking what happened last year.”
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McFadden is bang on here and his comments probably chime with the feelings of many supporters. They do with me.
The complacency at Celtic has been staggering. And the board can’t say they weren’t warned. Supporters have been talking for years about the problems looming in the distance as success was delivered. We all enjoyed the trophy wins, but the era of dominance didn’t have to come to a crashing end in the manner now playing out.
There could and should have been succession planning in place not just for the right-back position, but across the club.
Instead, figures like Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond have managed a steep decline that is going to take a far bigger effort to climb out of than anyone would like.
Not good enough. Can Dom McKay offer a different vision?