Tam McManus identifies ‘biggest worry’ as Celtic crash out of Champions League
BBC pundit Tam McManus has identified what he feels is Celtic’s ‘biggest worry’ following their Champions League exit – and it is one that most Hoops fans will agree with.
McManus explained on social media that the ‘biggest worry’ is the fact that ‘two big money signings were sat on the bench in a huge game’.
Celtic were naive tactically. Team shape/selection questionable. The biggest worry is that two big money signings sat on the bench in a huge game. That indicates to me that Neil Lennon doesn’t trust either enough to play them. Not a great early sign for them or any Celtic fan.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) August 13, 2019
The players that he is referring to are Christopher Jullien, and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. McManus is correct, it is concerning that neither player featured, when they have been bought at a cost of £10 million.
Situation with left-back is understandable
The Bolingoli situation is at least understandable. He has struggled in his few games for the Hoops so far. However, replacing him with Callum McGregor was the wrong call.
The Jullien situation is a mystery. It has to be a concern when a player you pay £7 million is not selected for the first-team.
Oddly, Neil Lennon has put his other recent signings straight into the side. Bolingoli and Elhamed were in the team without the need to bed them in.
Would defender have helped struggling defence?
However, it looks as if Jullien is having a bedding in process, which might not be the best of idea. Would have helped a Celtic defence that looked all at sea against Cluj? We don’t know, but at the money he cost you would think he was bought to make a difference.
It will be interesting to see how often the duo feature in the months to come for the Hoops. It will not be a good sign if neither man can force his way into the Hoops team. Only time will tell on that front.