"Utter honkin"; Celtic fans unimpressed with Steve Clarke and his Scotland performances

By David Walton

March 29, 2021

The Celtic supporters have been left frustrated and disappointed by the performances of Scotland manager Steve Clarke over the last week.

Clarke is one of the names the Hoops reportedly have on their managerial shortlist [Daily Mail]. Therefore, many Hoops supporters’ eyes were on what he would produce during the current international break.

This was effectively Clarke’s unofficial Celtic audition. Beat Austria and Israel and his stock would grow further. Fail to do that and he likely would’ve put the vast majority of Celtic fans off going for him.

It looks as though he’s done the latter after another disappointing draw vs Israel. Scotland could only muster up a 1-1 stalemate in their second World Cup Qualifying match. The first ended in a similarly poor 2-2 home draw vs Austria. All this before they even meet the beside side in the group – Denmark.

Worryingly for Celtic supporters, Scotland have looked second best in both games. For large parts of the Israel game last night, Clarke worryingly informed his players to drop deep and give Israel time and space on the ball as they easily played out from the back.

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This was a tactic that came back to hurt the Tartan Army. Israel netted after Dor Peretz was allowed to stroll forward and have a pop from nearly 30 yards out. Even in the second 45 when Scotland put on a much better press, chances were at a preium going forward.

That’s something that’s been prominent under Clarke. Scotland don’t create enough goalscoring opportunities to win football matches. In their last 10 matches, Scotland have only scored more than one goal in two of them.

Steve Clarke in Israel last night (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Clarke isn’t getting the best out of an extremely talented group of players. Scotland have the likes of John McGinn, Scott McTominay, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor, Kieran Tierney, Andrew Robertson, and Ryan Fraser all available. Yet they don’t impress with their all-round performances.

The Scotland boss already looks as though his World Cup qualifying dream is close to being over. In their first two matches, Scotland have put themselves at a bigger disadvantage than they would’ve feared.

And it’s most certainly put plenty of Celtic supporters off appointing Clarke. Here’s a look at what they said last night on social media:

In other news, watch as Celtic superstar Odsonne Edouard got himself up-and-running for France under-21s last night.