Ange Postecoglou's Celtic are better, but the same two flaws remained in Midtjylland defeat

By Hamish Carton

July 29, 2021

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic showed the same flaws as last season in their Champions League defeat to FC Midtjylland.

The Aussie has clearly improved our overall game since joining the club seven weeks ago.

Celtic have a new vigour to their play, they move the ball quicker, they press to win it back much better.

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Nobody can really deny that there has been an improvement from last season’s shambles to this.

Yet the same two key flaws are evident.

Ange has to keep Celtic spirits high despite Midtjylland defeat

Celtic pass up so many chances. In the first leg we should have scored more than once, with Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard both passing up great chances.

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Last night it was James Forrest’s turn to spurn a golden opportunity.

These aren’t half-chances, all three would have been scored by the majority of Champions League players.

Do they work on finishing at Lennoxtown? Are the players devoid of any confidence? Will finishing cost us once again this season?

It’s a little alarming that Callum McGregor and Liel Abada seem to be the only two players capable of scoring a goal right now.

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The attackers aren’t alone in letting the team down at the moment, the defenders are at it too.

All three goals in the tie were of the soft variety, with Celtic players either switching off or just making a complete mess of simple tasks.

It’s unfair to level too much criticism at Dane Murray and Stephen Welsh. With a combined age of 39, and not a great deal of matches between them, they did what could be expected of them.

Other more experienced heads seemed to buckled under pressure in the MCH Arena, as a good night turned into a sore one.

FC Midtjylland 2-1 Celtic (AET) | LIVE Reaction

FC Midtjylland 2-1 Celtic (AET) | LIVE Reaction

How Ange changes the path of this Celtic side is a major question.

New signings seem to be the obvious way out. Perhaps the likes of Carl Starfelt and Kyogo Furuhashi can revitalise this sorry Celtic side.

If they can’t, we’re in more trouble than we thought.

In other news, Owen Moffat scored a sublime goal for the Celtic B side on Wednesday night