One of the most alarming aspects of Celtic’s recent 2-0 loss to Rangers was the performance of the midfield. Scott Brown and Callum McGregor failed to make an impact on the game.

Indeed, it was the second time this season that the Hoops midfield failed to turn up at Ibrox. There was one player that could have made a difference in the middle of the park.

Could have made a difference

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Unfortunately, he is on loan at Kilmarnock at the moment, but he returns to Celtic at the end of the season – Youssouf Mulumbu.

 

In Mulmubu’s best performances for Kilmarnock, he has excelled in possession. Something that Celtic lacked badly in the Glasgow derby.

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Able to keep the ball

The midfield couldn’t get the ball, and when they did, they couldn’t keep hold of it. That arguably would not have happened with Mulumbu in the side.

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He would have been eager to win the ball in the middle of the park, and get it forward. So poor were Celtic’s attackers on the day it is arguable how well they would have done with the ball.

It had been thought that Mulumbu didn’t have much of a future at Celtic. After all, he had rarely been used by Brendan Rodgers.

However, the new manager – whoever that may be – will be eager to judge Mulumbu for himself. When you factor in just how poor the Hoops were at Ibrox, the player could well have a future at Celtic after all.

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