Celtic have had their worst start to a season in almost twenty years under Brendan Rodgers and believe me when I tell you I am deeply concerned about the form and sharp decline of our current squad.
As we sit here today, picking over the bones of a game we should have won yesterday, we need a little perspective.
No, I’m not going to hit you with ‘Celtic have won a double treble so calm down’ patter. I’m not even going to commit to believing we can get out this current mess without having a successful January window.
However, after Celtic’s worst start to a campaign in almost twenty years, after only point out of nine on the road so far, after only scoring six goals in six games, Celtic are only six points off the top and incredibly only one point behind their Glasgow rivals.
The narrative is:
- Rangers* = Amazing
- Celtic = Shocking
Apparently, the only difference from going from shocking to amazing is just a two-point jump past your nearest rivals.
There’s no doubt they have improved ten-fold, and we have regressed but as bad as we’ve been in the opening part of the season we are still thereabouts and for all their positives they sit just a point above a hapless Celtic side. Hearts are on a roll, but logic dictates they will have a sticky spell.
As we watched in horror yesterday, conceding a late goal and then the thumping the Ibrox gave to St Johnstone to compound an already miserable day and it’s been a while since Celtic fans have felt that sort of hopelessness.
Celtic are far from down and out, but Brendan Rodgers must act quickly, if Celtic cannot beat Aberdeen next Saturday then it’s going to be a massive uphill struggle where we will most certainly have to rely on others going through a similar spell to ourselves.
It remains to be seen if Celtic can get back to even working at 50% of the capacity they once did under Rodgers but we’re not so far out of sight just yet that it can’t be recovered.
Five wins on the bounce and people will forget the Kilmarnock game, four wins and one loss in the next five will not be good enough.