Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd was critical of three Celtic defenders whilst picking his combined Celtic/Rangers XI in the Scottish Sun.
In his combined line-up, Boyd only selected one Hoops defender – Shane Duffy.
“There’s been questions asked”
“I don’t think Christopher Jullien, Nir Bitton or Kris Ajer are in top form. They’ve been criticised, there’s been questions asked of them in recent weeks” Boyd said, as quoted in the Scottish Sun, as to why he didn’t pick any more Celtic defenders.
One reason of course is that Boyd, as a former Rangers player, will select more Rangers players for his team. When you look at his comments though, they don’t really add up to scrutiny.
Chris Jullien has not played for Celtic in over a month, as he got back to fitness from an injury. Before that though, he had played seven times for Celtic, and in that time the Hoops conceded just four goals. That is a more than decent record.
Haven’t conceded a goal in last four games
Now on to Ajer. He has been part of a Celtic defence that in the last four games in all competitions hasn’t conceded a single goal. That is 360 minutes without conceding a goal. That is something that the Hoops defence can be very pleased with.
As for Bitton, who is not a natural centre-back remember, he did a sterling job for the Hoops in one of the biggest games so far this season. He was as composed as it gets in the 1-0 win over Riga. A game Celtic had to win to stay in the Europa League. He also played in the win over Hibernian, and could have had a run in the side if not for an ankle injury and now the Corona-19 virus.
Have Celtic played well in every game so far this season? The answer is no, no football teams does. However, it does seem a bit harsh for Boyd to criticise a Celtic trio have whilst not being at their very best, have played well this season. The ‘questions asked’ Boyd talks about have all been answered.
Ajer and Jullien could have the opportunity to prove Boyd wrong on Saturday in the Glasgow derby. You imagine that they are more than capable of doing that.