Celtic great John Hartson has had a pop at a host of Hoops players that featured in today’s 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.
Neil Lennon’s Celts were held to a draw thanks to Chris Burke’s penalty before the break. Ryan Christie had initially put Celtic in front with an early free-kick sizzler.
The main disappointing aspect from a Celtic perspective was the response to the spot-kick however. Lennon’s side were flat, and only managed to fire in two shots on target all game (BBC).
Hartson wasn’t pulling punches post-match either. In what was a real disappointing afternoon for the club, the big Welsh hero told it as it was. Speaking on Sky Sports Football’s live coverage of Kilmarnock vs Celtic (09/08 at 18:35), here’s what Hartson had to say:
“I don’t think (Danny) Rogers (Kilmarnock goalkeeper) will have an easier game. Just two shots on target for Celtic, one of them was the goal. Uncharacteristically for Celtic one area where they were really under par for me was through the middle.
“I thought Edouard was a little bit off today – no attempts on target. As we know Kilmarnock were very well organised, sat deep and condensed the space. I thought James Forrest on this right hand side lacked that little bit of quality we know that he has. A few of the crosses he put in was behind the goal.
“Elyounoussi, I don’t know where he was today. He was almost invisible at times – we never saw him. You’ve got to give Kilmarnock a lot of credit today for the way they set up. But it was a really really poor day for Celtic.”
Nobody can come out of Rugby Park with their head held high
Hartson wasn’t the only pundit disappointed with Celtic’s display. Chris Sutton immediately posted on social media after the match and had a cheeky pop at Rangers whilst doing so.
Flat from Celtic. Well played Kilmarnock. That’s the league over already then…
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 9, 2020
The truth is, however, there’s no point having any jovial digs over at our rivals. Sure, we’ve played this game before, but the table still has us sitting two points behind Rangers, Hibernian, and Ross County respectively.
Not one player could really come out pleased with their performance at Rugby Park either. Collectively, Celtic were a massive disappointment. You could perhaps spare Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie considering the effort they showed and desire to get on the ball and look for options. However, even that is being generous.
We’ll never rinse the players or be overly-critical for one slip-up. It’s easy in a season with the stakes as high as this one to go over the top after points are dropped. But we have to remember that it’s matchday two. A few wins and we’ll be back in business.
However, it’s the performance level that will have many worried. Had we rattled the post, cross-bar, and forced Rogers into several stops then we could’ve been satisfied that we are still creating regularly. Yet on the evidence of this afternoon, that certainly wasn’t the case.
All we can do is hope for an improvement at St Mirren on Wednesday night.