Thursday night was the first time a decent portion of the support questions Ange’s wisdom as Celtic manager.
I feel almost obligated to caveat this article by making it clear I’m a fully paid up member of Ange Ball, and have nothing but love for our gaffer.
Some will argue it was the only logical decision, Kyogo being the lone fit striker on the bench. I would argue that logic meant it was even more pivotal to keep him there.
This isn’t hindsight speaking after we watched Kyogo limping off, holding his hamstring. There was genuine concern from the stands and from myself when Ange called Kyogo back to the bench after a short warm-up.
The game had no consequences apart from a UEFA match win bonus. There was simply no need to bring on the Japanese player.
The injury was compounded by the fact Kyogo’s replacement, Ewan Henderson, came on and scored.
Celtic won the game and put in a spirited performance, which is now being overshadowed by fans waiting to hear if we’ll be without our star striker.
The Hoops have a massive game against Motherwell on Sunday, as well as a cup final date in just over a week. Right now, as it stands, we have zero fit strikers for either game.
We have to hold our breath and hope this dead rubber hasn’t cost us big time.
We’re all behind the manager and what he’s doing, he has had be luck with injuries thus far. We need to get to the winter break unscathed and regroup.