Celtic have not been in great form this season and much of that is down to new faces and a new manager trying to get the team playing the way he wants.
It’s still very early on in Ronny Deila’s tenure but the frustration building up because of his chopping and changing on a regular basis. I think most Celtic fans will accept squad rotation to a certain degree. This is a squad game after all nowadays but it’s harder to be positive about when the manager doesn’t seem to know his best XI yet. You can see a nucleus of players he wants to stick with but not a whole team, as a result this is hindering progress and form as players cannot become familiar with one another.
The Motherwell game at the weekend was a prime example of this with 6 changes making it difficult for Celtic to get at Motherwell. Also ‘Well players stating that they received a boost when the team sheet came out and there was no Brown or Commons in the starting XI.
It may only be an early round League cup match on Wednesday but it’s of the upmost importance that Ronny puts out what he perceives as his strongest side. We cannot give our opposition an inch right now as many of them smell blood. Simply put, Hearts will fancy their chances at Celtic Park. Yes, this team dropped down a division this year but they look a strong side and could know doubt beat some of the teams we have struggles against.
The League cup has not been our friend to say the least. In fact Celtic have failed to win the trophy since the 08/09 season when Darren O’Dea and Aiden McGeady got on the score sheet to down Rangers(1873). Since then we have been beaten in two finals and been knocked out by minnows.
It’s surely time for Celtic to recapture this trophy, while it’s maybe not as important as the other 2 trophies in Scottish football, winning the League cup can prove a catalyst for more success in the future.
I think Ronny is ready to tie down his starting XI after the weekend and I’m hopeful we’ll see a strong Celtic side tomorrow night that can send Hearts packing.