Laxalt, who only joined Celtic last week, was thrown into a difficult situation. Not only was it his first game of football since July, but he was in a Celtic side severely depleted by Covid-19.
Unsurprisingly, the Hoops found it difficult to cope with the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Nir Bitton missing the game.
Stood up well to a dangerous opponent
However, Laxalt acquitted himself well against Rangers. He stood up well to the dangerous Ryan Kent. He also put in some good attacking crosses which Celtic’s forwards failed to take advantage of.
In fact, his crossing into the Rangers box was one of the few highlights of the Hoops’ attacking play.
Lennon was impressed with how Laxalt performed in what couldn’t have been an easy situation.
“His play looked strong”
“He did well, it’s difficult for him coming in, I thought his play looked strong, he put some really good balls into the box, the positional sense was good, he’s comfortable in that environment,” Lennon said, as quoted by the Celtic YouTube channel.
The most annoying thing about Celtic’s performance today was the lack of chances that were created by the team. Laxalt can’t be blamed for that. As Lennon says, some of his attacking play was excellent.
However, the likes of Mo Elyounoussi and Patryk Klimala failed to make the most of his cross balls.
Should the manager have foreseen their lack of aerial threat would mean Laxalt’s deliveries were ineffective? It’s certainly a talking point.
His next big test will come on Thursday when Laxalt gets ready to face his old club Milan in the Champions League. Hopefully, he will turn in another decent display. One which could help the Hoops get over the blow of a Glasgow derby defeat.
If Laxalt can put together a run of performances, then maybe his loan deal will become a permanent one. However, that won’t be decided for a while yet.