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In most other football leagues across the world a run of 8 wins, 2 draws and 0 defeats wouldn’t be giving the team in question any cause for concern.

But this isn’t most other leagues.

We all know how it works by now and despite the run of form above the pressure is well and truly on Brendan Rodgers and his side following a weekend that saw them slip back into 2nd place in the Scottish Premiership table for the first time this season.

It’s clear that the way Celtic are currently approaching things isn’t working and to continue doing so would be an act of folly.

The old maxim that if Plan A isn’t working then just do it better isn’t going to fly here.

So what are they going to do about it?

A LINE IN THE SAND

The first move must be a firm pressing of the reset button in order to bring to a halt the momentum which only seems to be going one way.

Rodgers and his team have to draw a line under what’s gone on in the season to date – on and off the park – and take stock of where we now find ourselves.

For all the noise and headlines, the facts are that after twenty-six games Celtic are just two points off the pace at the top of the table.

Hardly an insurmountable challenge, and one made all the more achievable given matters are entirely in our own hands with two games still to play against Rangers.

Can Celtic win at Ibrox in April and then again at Celtic Park after the split?

You don’t need to look anything further back than September for the answer to that.

SHORT TERM FOCUS

Matt O'Riley Celebrates His Late Winner At Fir Park Last Time Out
Matt O’Riley Celebrates His Late Winner At Fir Park Last Time Out

The second step however must be to return to a ‘one game at a time’ approach.

The only game that matters right now for Celtic is the next one, and in this case the short trip to Motherwell for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.

By this point the Bhoys could be five points behind in the table, depending on how Rangers fare against Hearts on Saturday, and that’s where their mental fortitude will come firmly in to question.

We know the talents that Celtic possess in the shape of Kyogo, Matt O’Riley, Callum McGregor and others, but football’s about so much more than what you can do with the ball.

Do this squad of players, both long-serving and new, have what it takes to really step up when it matters most?

Are the likes of Luis Palma, Paulo Bernardo and Yang able to handle the intensity that comes with the territory as a footballer in the West of Scotland?

If so, now is the very time to show it.

It took a 97th minute Matt O’Riley volley to seal the win at Fir Park last time out – a sign of mental resilience some might say – and the players must display the same grit and determination once again if we’re to take the first steps towards reclaiming our grip on the title.

Step one of twelve starts here.

Tune in now to the latest episode of The Celtic Exchange Weekly as we discuss what’s needed for Celtic to resurrect the title race!

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1 thought on “The Way Celtic Are Working, Isn’t Working | Time To Draw A Line In The Sand”

  1. All very well in theory, but putting it into practice is a completely different story?
    Our levels of inconsistencies are appalling, and now so bad that we are getting them in halves of matches, against inferior opposition which is scandalous imo?
    These inconsistencies, both as a team and individual performances, have been so costly to ourselves, that our margins for error has gone to zero, as things stand.
    The attitude shown from ourselves in way to many games, has stuck to high heavens.
    Would still place the blame for this stinking attitude at the door of Rodgers.
    These inconsistencies, along with Rodgers very poor decision making, has put team confidence at a very low ebb presently, and highlighted with the individual performances within the team?
    As a mix with other issues hardly puts ourselves in a great position currently, which will only intensify with the added extra pressure, we have placed upon ourselves?
    So to find consistency, to build confidence, to handle the increased pressure of a title run in, along with a manager with very questionable decision making and attitude, hardly is a good mix, to have confidence in what we are facing for the remainder of this season imo?
    Not impossible for it to be achieved, but need major improvements, starting with this weekend.

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