It’s been a long couple of days since Saturday’s Celtic defeat, and we’re almost ready to close the book on it and move on to the challenges ahead.

However, I’m still drawn back to certain aspects of the game, perhaps just perplexed about how easy it was for Rangers to beat us.

I put myself through the wringer again and watched the BBC Sportscene highlights in the cold light of day, searching for answers to the questions my poor brain has been circulating since full-time.

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Personally, I find the punditry of Michael Stewart quite refreshing. Although I don’t always agree with him, the former Hearts and Hibs man comes across as honest and forthright.

His analysis of Celtic, and specifically their defending of the second goal, was scathing.

This time I found it hard to disagree with a single word.

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He told Sportscene: “Neil Lennon’s talking about conceding the second goal from a second phase, but it was indicative of what happened all throughout the game – second to every challenge and always half a yard too late, over-committing.

 

“It’s a bit of a scrappy goal but it’s too easy for Celtic to just look at these things and think they were unfortunate, they were second best all over the park, all day long.

“Laxalt, I don’t know what he’s doing there, diving in to be beaten by the one-two.”

I hate to say it, but Neil McCann would also go on to make several good points about how Rangers tactically manipulated the Bhoys throughout the 90 minutes.

Something’s badly wrong at Celtic right now, and all we can hope is that either Lennon has the answers and now proves how good a manager he is, or tough decisions are made if an unravelling occurs.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s been plenty of speculation about what the future holds for the manager – but that’s all noise. We’re going to find out one way or another very quickly.

Fingers crossed that the end result is silverware for the tenth successive season.

In other news, former captain Jackie McNamara has delivered a passionate response to Saturday’s dire derby.

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