Celtic great Pat Bonner has had a go at the Hoops players for not getting the job done today.
Neil Lennon’s men drew 0-0 at Hibernian, and failed to go within one game of the title. Celtic did creep a point closer, but four are still required in order to take the Premiership crown for the eighth season in-a-row.
In fairness to the Hoops, they got into some great positions today. But, despite being denied by some profligate finishing and good shot-stopping, it was ultimately a disappointing afternoon.
Bonner appears to be just as angry as many of us will be tonight too. Speaking to the BBC post-match (14:43), the former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper wasn’t in any mood to sugarcoat the point.
“These are professional players being paid very handsomely to go on there and do their job. This is a huge day for Celtic, who should’ve been on the verge of wining the championship.
“Now they’ve got to play well at home to Kilmarnock and then go up to Aberdeen. By not playing well, doing what they should be doing, we’re talking about that instead of saying what a magnificent performance by everyone.”
Perspective and cool heads must prevail – eight is still in sight
Bonner appears to be hinting at Celtic potentially not seeing out the Premiership title. But the day we start fearing games against Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Rangers, and Hearts is the day we should forget about winning 10-in-a-row.
Should Celtic overcome Killie at Parkhead in front of a likely capacity crowd, just one point from three games will be required. It would take a brave man to start betting against that.
But Bonner is right in the main. Celtic were poor today, regardless of how you dress it up. From the final ball to Neil Lennon’s bewildering substitutions – nothing went right at Easter Road.
Don’t get it mixed up either – Hibs were poor. Paul Heckingbottom’s men will come out of the game with praise, but they weren’t at their best. They’ve played much better under the Englishman since he came in, and will do so again.
Celtic are letting down their supporters here. Since the 2-1 win over Rangers at Parkhead, we’ve been stumbling to the throne. We will get there, but the manner in which we will has so far been disappointing.
There remains four games to get fans buzzing again, but today is still a massive let-down. All we can do now is look forward to Kilmarnock at Parkhead next Saturday. It should’ve been a title-party, but once again Celtic have made their fans delay it.