Neil Lennon has attributed his side’s slow starts to games and generally sloppy play to the lack of intensity during games with no crowds in the stadiums.
Celtic won 2-1 against St Mirren on Wednesday evening but it was a laboured performance at times and the bhoys did have to come back from a goal down.
There has been over the top negativity on social media from team selection to certain players underperforming. The three points were won on the night and that has escaped many peoples thoughts.
The Celtic manager admits the lack of crowd has had a detrimental effect on his players and it’s the reason why we’ve got some underwhelming performances. However, in the SPFL, Celtic have only dropped two points since the start of the season and are on course to hit top of the league should they win against Livingston on Saturday.
Speaking about no crowds to CelticTV, Neil Lennon revealed it has been more difficult than they thought it might be.
“It’s difficult because there are no supporters. I think it’s really difficult for them, especially at a big club like ours.”
“You get a head of steam up in a game and normally you get the atmosphere crackling.
“It gives the players a lift and there is none of that at the minute. If the goalkeeper makes a great save, the crowd get up.
“You win a corner and it’s an important facet of the game. We are missing all that at the minute.
“So there is a bit of adaptation, no question subconsciously that is a big miss for them.
“It’s not an excuse like, but even for me winning 5-0 at the weekend (against Ross County) – there is not a big crowd there to enjoy it and enjoy the atmosphere.
“Even tonight would have been great. Tannadice would have been great. We are adapting as best we can and as well as anyone.”
Many away days can feel like home territory for the hoops with the fans travelling in their numbers to support the team under normal circumstances. The roar of the crowd can drive an athlete on and be the catalyst for more things happening.
Right now, it’s all very flat. The Glasgow Derby is certainly going to be a thing to behold next month – even if there’s a very limited crowd. It’s concerning if the players are finding it hard to motivate themselves under current circumstances.