Celtic must end recent trend of missing chances

By John Reid

December 28, 2019

Celtic’s recent 2-1 win over St Mirren flagged up the same issue which affected the Hoops in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen. That is, Celtic missing gilt-edged opportunities.

The Hoops might not have missed as many chances against St Mirren as they did against Aberdeen, but it is still an issue. In the two games Celtic had a combined 45 shots on goal (28 against Aberdeen, 17 against St Mirren), but only found the net four times. Thankfully for the second game in a row Celtic were able to get away with it, but it does seem to be something that concerns Neil Lennon.

“Could have made it a little more comfortable”

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“We could have made it a little more comfortable for ourselves” he told the Celtic Twitter account following the game against St Mirren.

The good thing is that Celtic are creating the chances, but the concern has to be that the Hoops aren’t taking them, and allowing the opposition to score. That is something that cannot be allowed to happen when Celtic take on Rangers on Sunday.

Neil Lennon will be pleased that Celtic are creating chances, but he will want his players to take more of them. The good thing is that Celtic are still scoring goals. However, the Hoops really could have scored more than the four they managed to score in the last two league games.

Hopefully players have practised scoring goals

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Hopefully Lennon has had his players practising scoring goals in training of the Glasgow derby. However, if there is an ideal game for the Celtic players to find their shooting boots it is against Rangers.

Celtic will no doubt get chances to score against Rangers. Now would be a good time for the Hoops to take them. Interestingly, Celtic have not scored more than two goals against Rangers since the 5-0 title clinching win in 2018.

That will hopefully change when the teams meet on Sunday. An emphatic Celtic win would be the immediate solution to the recent problem of the Hoops missing chances. Lets’ hope that Celtic are able to provide the Hoops support with a day to remember, with plenty of goals to celebrate.