The brutal truth facing Celtic after more dropped Premiership points

By John McGinley

September 26, 2021

We’re still waiting on an update on the situation of Celtic defender Josip Juranovic after he hobbled off injured against Dundee United.

But the fact he was forced off at all has simply hit home the extent of our squad issues this season. You can call it bad luck. You can think there are issues when it comes to the base fitness of the players. Either way, it’s badly harming Celtic.

Juranovic going off today wasn’t the reason we dropped points. But when you look at all the other absences in the team today it adds up to a grim picture.

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The issue when it comes to today’s performance is that this could all get worse before it gets better for Ange Postecoglou.

This afternoon’s fixture against Dundee United was seen as the easiest of the games for the Bhoys over the next seven days. We have the visit of Bayer Leverkusen to come before travelling away to Pittodrie next Sunday.

If we can’t put away the Terrors at home with this group of players then I’m not especially confident for the next two fixtures.

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And bad luck or not, a horror seven days will have a huge detrimental effect on all of our ambitions this season.

We’re facing a brutal truth that we just don’t have the squad depth or the players to truly compete on multiple fronts this term. We deserve to be where we are right now and it’s going to take a massive fight to dig us out of this hole.

Yes, things could get better with the return of key players. But the damage done by then could be catastrophic.

I don’t think there are any hiding places after today. The club are going to have to take in all the criticism coming their way over the next couple of days.

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