I know what you’re all thinking. ‘Your shoot prediction was wrong, 2020 really be wild huh’.
However, as I have stated, whenever I am incorrect with a shoot prediction, it was probably a work.
In all seriousness, Kilmarnock deserved their point yesterday and only a goalkeeping howler from Daniel Rogers ensured we scored at all, otherwise we could have been going hysterical about a defeat two games into the season.
Of course, Kristian Commons is already stirring it up, as expected, fair play to him.
Commons doesn’t care about this situation at all, this is simply an excuse to click that link and line his pockets. Standard anytime when we drop points.
Ironically, he’s actually correct.
Ajer and Jullien are simply average defenders, and when it comes to a physical battle, as I have written repeatedly on here, they are found wanting, but other teams in the league aren’t smart enough to deploy a battering ram up top against us, and they’ll very rarely be as exposed as they were at Rugby Park yesterday as a result.
We need another defender, a no nonsense one in the style of Marc Rieper, who will happily take a body as well as the ball. I thought we had that in Jozo Simunovic, until that second season under Brendan Rodgers where he completely collapsed after that 4-0 defeat to Hearts and failed to recover, although a lot of the fans constantly on his back never helped.
The simple fact is, I would rather start Nir Bitton in defence ahead of one of them. If that doesn’t raise alarm bells, then congratulations for having your head in the sand.
Another question now on the lips of fans this morning is ‘What next for Olivier Ntcham?’
The ‘No Ntcham!?!??!’ brigade were left humbled early on when Ryan Christie scored the opener, but as his influence on the game slowly waned as the match dragged on, questions do have to be asked as to why he was introduced with ten minutes remaining, when it was clear we needed a creative edge far sooner than that. Lennon will need to get a grip with this situation quickly.
I’m an old man and when I watch football, I don’t have this ‘XG’ crap in my head at all. Some people do, and if they want to be that joyless, that’s their call, however, this did actually shock me.
Wyscout recording Celtic had an xG of 0.3 yesterday. Could have missed something as was only a very quick look through, but I couldn't find a lower xG on record for Celtic domestic games.— Kieran Devlin (@NoNotThatDevlin) August 10, 2020
To create so little in ninety minutes was extremely disappointing.
Again, it’s not time for a panic button to be pushed, and I will assume it’s just a blip, but if you’re Odsonne Edouard, you’re wondering ‘how many of these grim away days will be the norm this season?’ before the mind wanders towards more prestigious and glamorous environments.
It’s St Mirren in midweek, and I hope the manager uses yesterday’s setback to ring the changes for that.