Celtic enter the third little chunk of the 2019/2020 in a positive, but not spectacular, position. Neil Lennon’s side are going strong in the Europa League and still in the Betfred Cup, while the recent league form has left a little to be desired.
Personal performances have been strong by some so far this campaign. The likes of Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest have regularly come to the fore in big games and produced big moments.
However there is still a feeling that there’s a lot more to come from a number of first-team stars. Some men haven’t quite hit their top level in recent months for various reasons but improvement is needed.
Here are three players who could really do with coming to the fore – for both their own and the team’s benefit.
The Norwegian has been on such a strong upward trajectory in the last 12 months that any sort of blip is easily noticeable. Ajer has certainly had a drop in performance over the past few matches. He hasn’t looked nearly as assured in the past month as lapses in concentration have gifted away goals against Rennes, Hibernian and Livingston.
We didn’t win any of those three matches, highlighting just how important it is that he cuts the daft errors out. His recent performances for Norway have made for positive viewing but Celtic fans will only care what he does in green and white. A big few weeks await.
Ajer’s international teammate arrived at the club with more expectation than most this summer. Elyounoussi’s pedigree at previous clubs led many to believe that he would be an instant hit in Glasgow. He set up a goal two minutes into his debut at Hamilton but has failed to show a great deal else since.
Fans will hope that his goal against Cluj, and decent display three days later at Livingston, mean that he is a man on the up. If we can get Elyounoussi performing to his top level then we will be a far better team.
Celtic Park’s favourite son has barely kicked a ball in the last six months. The Aussie’s seemingly permanent injury hoodoo has been a frustration to all, including himself.
Like Elyounoussi, his creative spark would be a terrific addition to our attack. We have perhaps failed to create enough in our two most recent matches with our dependence on Ryan Christie shown in the defeat to Livingston.
Having Rogic around would be a huge boost to everyone at the club. But time is running out for the 26-year-old. Right now he is fighting to save his Celtic career.