CELTIC went down to a much better side last night but there’s one crazy stat that has to be highlighted as the club look to ‘learn’ from their latest away day woes.
There’s no doubt about it, the team as a whole were not good enough in the second half to deserve anything from the game.
The bhoys ball retention was shocking, they looked scared and didn’t know what to do when they were constantly pressed.
We were frustrating the home side though and the longer we did so the more likely Celtic could have snatched a result.
With that in mind, the failure at the first goal is crucial. Lustig not being able to stop a simple cross while Hendry’s half-hearted attempt to stop the shot left many Celtic fans perplexed.
People say you get what you pay for and that’s what happens when you sign a guy from Dundee for £1.5million.
However, that argument doesn’t fly when you take a look at who lined up for Salzburg in defence and how much their back four cost.
NONE of them cost more than Jack Hendry
Stefan Lainer Right Back £180k
Andre Ramalho Centre back £720k
Marin Pongracic Centre back 900k
Andreas Ulmer Left Back 540k
This should be cause for much embarrassment as well as give Celtic hope. If the club looks in the right places they don’t have to spend big to have a solid foundation.
Add to that, Barca Bhoys candour on Twitter about Salzburg’s scouting paying dividends and it paints a bleak picture.
It’s looking in the right places which is the biggest problem for Celtic.
The Red Bull team last night cost less than ours
Their 2 best players were signed as teenagers from Mali and cost less than £600 k
Their most expensive signing was half the price of Edouard
This team is on Brendan and particularly Congerton
Recruitment is not delivering
— Barcabhoy (@Barcabhoy1) October 5, 2018
This Salzburg side got to the Europa League semi-final last year and were unlucky not to get to the final.
It can be done and Celtic should be looking at Salzburg’s model.