Celtic dropped another two points this afternoon after a much changed Celtic side struggled to break down a resolute Motherwell defence.
Ronny Deila changed the starting line up again and dropped some of Celtic’s big hitters like Kris Commons, Scott Brown, trying to get full use of the squad for Europe and the league. Guidetti started up front ahead of Scepovic.
While Celtic had most of the early possession they never really went anywhere with it, this was to be their undoing when Motherwell made an incisive break away after Anthony Stokes was caught in possession. A great cross was met by John Sutton who knocked it passed Zaluska to put the Steelmen in front.
Celtic looked fragile after the goal and Sutton could have maybe made it two just before the break, hitting wide from close range to the relief of the team.
Celtic were booed off at half time by the home support, not happy with the teams display.
Deila didn’t hesitate at making the changes at half time, off came Kayal and Tonev and on came Brown and Commons. Many fans wondering why they hadn’t started the match in the first place.
They both made an instant impact, Celtic looking more positive and fluent with the two players pulling the strings. On the 67th minute Scott Brown’s burst into the Motherwell box and was fouled. The penalty was given and Kris Commons put it away to draw level with the away side.
Rejuvenated from the spot kick, Celtic came at Motherwell again and again. The Motherwell defence holding strong and when they were penetrated their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves to keep the game at 1-1.
Scepovic came on for Guidetti in the last quarter of the game. The Swede showing enthusiasm but not managing to get on the score sheet.
A lot of the fans anger towards the end of the game was directed at Stokes for passing up some opportunities to take all three points. Celtic have now not kept a clean sheet in their last 6 games at Celtic Park, which equals equal their worst run since the turn of the century.
Celtic look to be struggling to get to grips with not only Ronny Deila’s formations but the constant change in personnel on a match by match basis is stopping the players from becoming familiar with one another. It’ been three months since Ronny has come in and we should be starting to see a settled starting XI. He is far from that at this point.
The Celtic Boss really needs to get the players playing in the next few weeks or he will certainly be under pressure.
Hearts visit Celtic Park on Wednesday and they will carry a credible threat to Celtic. It’s vital he puts out his strongest team.
CeltsAreHere Man Of The Match goes to the returning Green Brigade who were a delight to hear throughout this disappointing game.