The reaction to Jeremy Toljan’s performance in the 2-1 win over Hearts yesterday hasn’t been favourable.
Sections of the Celtic support have been taking to Twitter to go through the German for yet another grim performance in green-and-white. Since signing on-loan from Borussia Dortmund in January, Toljan has managed 14 appearances.
But he hasn’t looked as uncomfortable as he did against Hearts yesterday. Celtic may have picked up their eighth consecutive Premiership trophy at Parkhead, but the Dortmund man didn’t avoid criticism.
With Kieran Tierney missing, it was he who Neil Lennon turned to in a bid to solve the problem position. And reacting to Toljan’s performance on Twitter, not many Hoops fans were too enthralled.
Toljan is the worst fullback I have seen in years,useless
— minkster1 (@minkster36) May 19, 2019
Did Toljan win a competition to play for Celtic?
— K (@kizmok) May 19, 2019
That Toljan is up there with one of the worst players I've ever seen in a Celtic jersey.
— Scott Alcroft (@ScottAlcroft) May 19, 2019
Toljan played in the Champions League for Dortmund
How is he this bad
— John Hodge (@19jhodgkiss) May 19, 2019
Thank God Toljan is a loan deal @CelticFC. He is easily one of the worst defenders I've seen.
Offers absolutely nothing.
— Garry Sean Mclaren (@garry_mclaren) May 19, 2019
That Toljan performance was the worst I've seen since Du Wie v clyde
— West Belfast Tim (@KingHenrik4) May 19, 2019
Get Daniel Church on for Toljan, and get Toljan 2 paracetamol, a shot and a one way ticket to Dortmund
— Jonathan Burns (@twistandturns_J) May 19, 2019
Toljan has to be up there one of the worst players we have ever signed. Absolutely dreadful, unbelievable how he's ever played in the Champions League for Dortmund. #CelticFC #CELHEA pic.twitter.com/4H55vWHVYV
— 🍀 Celtic1967.com 🍀 (@Celtic1967_com) May 19, 2019
Toljan days should be numbered … no left foot .. ffs. I was never a pro but I could could control and and strike a ball with both feet.
— BhoysforLife (@888MumbaiMagic) May 19, 2019
Typical of Rodgers’ recruitment
To be fair to Toljan, he was out of position yesterday. You could excuse the woeful display for simply him being on his weaker side. But the fact is that the German hasn’t impressed in his strong position either.
Toljan simply sums up Rodgers’ recruitment. A player signed with high hopes, only for him to flatter to deceive and to lose his place in the team. File under the same bracket as Dorus de Vries, Cristian Gamboa, and Eboue Kouassi respectively.
It looks as though he’s likely played his last game for the club now too. With Mikael Lustig more than likely back for the Scottish Cup final, Toljan will head back to Germany in the summer. If Celtic were to revisit this deal, it would be absolutely mind-boggling.
Overall, Toljan can leave with his winner’s medal and hopefully a Scottish Cup one to his name too. Nobody will say he didn’t give his all in Glasgow, but he simply hasn’t been a good enough footballer.
Celtic will need to find a proper top quality replacement in the summer, with right-back becoming a real problem position. And if one thing’s for sure – Toljan isn’t the answer.