Celtic stumble yet again
Well, the two Jimmies have made their name in Kilmarnock, you can guarantee that. Even if they only hang around until the end of season, the Killie fans will remember the night they beat Celtic and Robbie Keane. The only thing that mattered was that Kilmarnock wanted it more.
Celtic may have spent a lot of money on players and have a wage bill that engulfs that of the Ayrshire club but a lack of cohesion, tactics and effort can mean more than talent and money in the bank.
Celtic started strongly and for the first 15 minutes, the new Celtic forward line appeared capable of dancing around the Kilmarnock defence at will, with Keane, Fortune and Kamara looking bright early on. However, much like the Hibs game last Wednesday, Celtic’s opponents quickly found the Bhoys weakness and swamped their midfield.
Tony Mowbray has his footballing principles but leaving two midfielders to be outnumbered in the middle of the park is killing Celtic. Killie had a few shots from distance in the first half but Celtic were the team working the goalkeeper with Cammy Bell once again performing strongly against the hoops.
In the second half, Kilmarnock showed Celtic just how it was done with the home side calmly passing their way through the Celtic backline before Chris Maguire found plenty of time to fire beyond Boruc. Some of the space was caused by an injury picked up by Jos Hooiveld, who picked up this injury trying to solve the problems that arose from yet another terrible Aiden McGeady pass.
Celtic were badly let down by some of their old guard with McGeady, Loovens, Naylor and Boruc performing way below an acceptable standard. Boruc didn’t help his cause in the second half by returning abuse to Celtic fans in the Moffat stand, who had just about enough of his terrible kicking and positioning.
Yet again, Kevin Kyle had the measure of the Celtic backline and the player managed to interrupt and niggle Celtic every time but it worked.
As the game wore on, Celtic continued to muddle and stumble throughout the game and at the full-time whistle, you got the impression that many Celtic fans couldn’t be bothered in booing their team, preferring just to head off and reflect on yet another bad night at the office.
Having a vision is one thing for Tony Mowbray but continually relying on wide players is allowing opposition teams an easy opportunity to outmuscle Celtic in the middle.
Is it all over for Celtic?