Pat Bonner provides hard-hitting "not good enough" verdict after Celtic slump
Pat Bonner has provided his own hard-hitting verdict of Celtic’s dismal 0-0 draw at St Mirren last night, as he identified the 2 players the Hoops missed the most.
Bonner watched on as Celtic dropped 2 vital points in Paisley after an insipid attacking performance cost us dearly. It was the first dropped points in the league since October, but even then we slipped further behind as we now sit 6 points away from Rangers.
For many Celtic fans, this was a result that had been coming. Supporters were all left saying the same thing last night as they hammered the lack of depth in the final third. With Kyogo, Jota, James Forrest, David Turnbull, and Giorgos Giakoumakis all missing, Celtic were down to the bare bones.
And Bonner believes that they lack far too much without Kyogo and Jota in particular. Reacting to the result on BBC Sportsound last night, the former Hoops goalkeeper said: “Celtic just were not good enough on the night to break them down. I think the best chance they had in the second half was Callum McGregor’s when he got in on the left-hand side and got caught in 2 minds. They had a few other ones that flashed across the goal, but they just didn’t look anything like the team they are when they have Kyogo and Jota.
“Those players just make the difference. Tonight was really frustrating. If they’re going to win this league, or have a chance of winning it, they’re making it very very difficult for themselves.
“Listen, the League Cup is over. It’s gone now. These are the nights when you need to come down and get your points and they didn’t do it.”
Celtic offered nothing at St Mirren
Many will point to the chances we supposedly had last night. The truth is we barely cut the Buddies open throughout the 90 minutes. For the vast majority of the game, everything was played in front of the St Mirren backline.
Outside of the McGregor chance in the second half, it’s difficult to remember too many other moments in which we sliced our way through. Mikey Johnston had a glimpse of goal early on and forced Dean Lyness into a smart stop. Any more?
Considering how depleted St Mirren were, using our injury crisis as an excuse just isn’t on. We had more than enough talent on that pitch to come away with a comfortable win in Paisley. That we didn’t is on the players.
Celtic aren’t in poor form of course. We can’t go over the top about dropping 2 points. Especially considering we’d won 11 of our previous 12 leagues games beforehand.
The problem, if we’re being honest, is that Rangers aren’t dropping any points. Had luck not favoured them so much in recent weeks, this result wouldn’t be the devastating blow it currently feels like it is. Unfortunately, this is a title-race in which any slip up at any stage of the campaign looks like a disaster.
Hopefully, we bounce back and overcome St Johnstone on Boxing Day. No other alternative outcome is acceptable if we consider ourselves title-challengers.
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