John Hartson bemoans Celtic squad depth after Dundee Utd disappointment

By David Walton

September 27, 2021

John Hartson has pinpointed the squad depth issue at Celtic after two more points were dropped against Dundee United yesterday.

Ange Postecoglou is down to the bare bones with his current crop of players. Key stars such as Kyogo Furuhashi, Callum McGregor, and James Forrest are all crocked. The likes of Greg Taylor, Christopher Jullien, Josip Juranovic, James McCarthy, and Mikey Johnston are also struggling with injuries.

The injury list at Parkhead is becoming scandalous. However, it only goes to show the lack of squad depth with Celtic having no attacking players on the bench yesterday.

And that’s something Hartson was keen to pinpoint as he also wasn’t happy with Celtic’s lack of cutting edge:

The 1-1 draw with United means Celtic now sit sixth in the Scottish Premiership table. With only three wins in seven games, it’s quickly becoming a nightmare start for Postecoglou.

Celtic face Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League on Thursday night before a colossal match against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

Celtic 1-1 Dundee United | Full-Time Reaction

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One more slip up and Celtic boss will be in major trouble

Postecoglou is still in the very early stages of the Celtic rebuild. Therefore, it stands to reason that he should be given a lot more time to get results. After all, given the size of the job that was on his hands over the summer, patience is a virtue, right?

Well, to an extent. He’s also the Celtic manager. That comes with a requirement to win a few games at the same time. Supporters won’t continuously support Postecoglou blindly if they’re seeing no signs of progress.

Has Postecoglou been dealt a rough hand? Absolutely. Has he impressed in showing that he can still whip something up when things are going against him? No. And that’s what will be concerning for the Celtic fans at the moment.

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Celtic were poor last season, but we still finished second in comfortable fashion. At the moment, our form is even worse than what we showed last term. Should that really be the case? The idea over the summer wasn’t to come back and bag some worse results. It’s difficult to see the greater good when we’re struggling so badly against poor opposition.

So Celtic fans are entitled to be asking major questions of Postecoglou. Some of these results just aren’t on. Hearts 2-1 Celtic. Rangers 1-0 Celtic. Livingston 1-0 Celtic. Celtic 1-1 Dundee United. That’s a stinging set of results, with not enough good performances thrown into the mix.

Is our squad deep enough? Not yet. But the fact is we accepted more work was needed in January immediately after the transfer window closed. Postecoglou had to show in the meantime that he could bag some results. So far, that hasn’t been the case.

In other news, Stiliyan Petrov doesn’t think Celtic players will want Ange Postecoglou’s protection today