Paul Lambert accuses Celtic players after "distraught" Ange interview

By John McGinley

October 1, 2021

Former Celtic captain Paul Lambert has accused the current first-team squad of hiding behind manager Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou faced the media after last night’s 4-0 hammering by Bayer Leverkusen and obviously wasn’t very happy.

Lambert reckons it’s too easy for some of the Bhoys to not take responsibility for the current situation. He’s asking for leaders in the dressing room to step up and show Postecoglou more.

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Speaking on BT Sport after full-time and the manager’s interview, the former Celtic midfielder said: “Sometimes it’s easy for players to hide behind the manager. And I think that’s what’s happening with some of them. Lenny knows them better than I do, I’m only on the outside looking in. There’s only so much a manager can do when he stands on that touchline. Those players have got to win here.

“He’s absolutely distraught – the most I’ve seen him in an interview, and rightly so. There’s got to be a reaction against Aberdeen, which will be a tough game.

“For me, the club is in danger of being on the peripheral, being ‘always nearly’. They could finish second to Rangers, and say it’s always nearly. They could not win a trophy, and he knows he has got to win a trophy here. But you can’t keep hiding behind the manager. Some of the players will have to step up and this certainly isn’t good enough to be losing 4-0 to Bayer Leverkusen.”

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To me, it looks as though the players and Postecoglou are on the same page. And as the manager of the club, it’s always going to be the Greek-Australian who bears the brunt of the criticism.

I can see where Lambert is coming from though. He wants to see fight and commitment on the pitch where, often, we don’t see any.

It’s not as easy as “stepping up” though. Ange needs to find the best players that best suit the tactical system he is trying to implement.

Whether he is doing that right now or not is the big debate currently raging in Celtic circles.

We need everyone at Celtic to up their game, whether it’s the manager, coaches, players or board.

In other news, Jeremie Frimpong sends classy message to Celtic after crowd booing.