Reported Celtic target Robbie Brady struggles as speculation mounts

By Euan Davidson

February 17, 2021

Reported Celtic target Robbie Brady had a night to forget.

While the Bhoys huffed and puffed to a win against Aberdeen, one of Lennon’s alleged key figures for Celtic’s future [Mirror] had a shocker at Turf Moor.

While he wasn’t the only decisive factor, Brady didn’t help much as Sean Dyche’s side drew 1-1 with Fulham. In a game that sounded as exciting as Michael Owen reading the ingredients from a packet of Ryvita, both goals were scored in the second half.

Brady came on in the 40th minute, was booked in the 46th, was then at fault for Fulham’s goal, then came off after 65.

Pressure can do strange things to men, it seems.

 

Oh. Oh no. / (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

Reported Celtic target Robbie Brady will have far better games

Fine: one bad performance does not a bad player make.

We’ve seen Robbie Brady play very well indeed over his career. He has 158 Premier League appearances under his belt, along with 54 Ireland caps [Transfermarkt]. Anyone who’s watched him will know that he’s by no means useless.

His delivery from set pieces can be excellent, and he provides leadership and experience anywhere he goes. However, if this was an audition, following Celtic speculation, Simon Cowell would be smirking at him sarcastically.

But is it the player himself, or the idea of Neil Lennon conducting transfer business that’s the real issue, here? Beyond the end of this season, it seems unthinkable that Lenny would be leading a Celtic team, surely?

But with every bit of business from now until the summer, Lennon consolidates his position in the dugout. This leads to all sorts of questions: has he met Dominic McKay, is Lawwell making the decision over the manager position, etc.

So, perhaps it’s the concept of Robbie Brady that leaves Celtic supporters cold. Not the player himself. Although, granted, nights like tonight won’t have won him any new fans.

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