Jeremy Toljan, to be quite honest, hasn’t been impressive.
The Borussia Dortmund right-back has now made eight appearances at Parkhead. He was recruited in January by Brendan Rodgers and will remain at the club until the end of the season.
Since his signing on deadline-day, the right-back has been sent off against Valencia, struggled against Motherwell’s Gboly Ariyibi, and failed to impress supporters at Tynecastle.
Some may disagree and may think he gets up and down the pitch well. Many will also probably feel he’s an upgrade on Mikael Lustig, who was defensively far too slow in his latter months in the team.
But something symbolic may have happened in the final few minutes at Tynecastle. As the game was coming to a close, Lustig was brought on for Toljan. It seemed a relatively useless sub, but it could’ve easily been a statement from Neil Lennon.
Toljan hasn’t been up to par
Toljan was nowhere near up to the required standard at Tynecastle. He struggled both offensively and defensively, with his final ball often leaving a lot to be desired.
It’s also worth remembering that Lustig was brought to the club by Lennon back in 2012. Lennon knows what the Swede is all about, and could go back to a player he trusts.
That’s not to say Toljan will definitely be dropped for Saturday’s trip to Easter Road. In fact, the chances are he’ll start considering he’s been part of such a successful side over the last month.
But you can’t help but feel there was something in that substitution last night. Perhaps Lustig was brought on for his delivery and the fact Celtic wouldn’t be defending much against 10 men in the closing stages.
Toljan, however, has yet to show that he’s any better a defender than Lustig was. For what we thought we were getting from Dortmund, he’s been a letdown regardless of how you look at it.
Should Lustig start on Saturday, it could just be the kick up the backside our German defender needs. Because like it or not, he’s not been the success we thought he would be.