Following Ange Postecoglou’s failure to win his first three competitive matches as Celtic manager, former Celtic player Kris Commons has admitted that these are not typical times for Celtic and Celtic supporters.
In normal circumstances, Kris argues, any Celtic manager who got off to such a bad start would be harshly chastised and scrutinised. Fans, on the other hand, are giving Ange Postecoglou a lot of leeway because he inherited a complete disaster.
Commons bemoans the fact that Celtic was knocked out of the Champions League by a ‘bang average’ Midtjylland side, claiming that this is the poorest Celtic squad in the previous two decades.
Commons also stated:
“When a new manager takes charge of Celtic and fails to win any of their first three competitive games, the sound of alarm bells is normally deafening.
“But these are not normal times. There is an acceptance among fans that Ange Postecoglou has inherited a shambles of a squad.
“This is without question the worst Celtic team we’ve seen in well over 20 years. You would need to go back to the dark days of the early to mid-90s for anything to even get close.
“Rangers won last season’s league title at a canter. They romped home like a true thoroughbred, amassing over 100 points and finishing the campaign unbeaten.
“Celtic had an abundance of time to prepare for the summer rebuild. Yet, eight months down the line, they have handed Postecoglou a donkey in what already looks like being a one-horse race once again.
“I would be astonished if Celtic got anywhere near Rangers this season. The Old Firm clash at Ibrox on August 29 already looks like it could be a painful affair for Postecoglou.
“But he can’t afford to look that far ahead because, in the here and now, he has a huge week ahead of him.
“A Europa League qualifier against Jablonec on Thursday night already looks fraught with danger. Put it this way, I wouldn’t bet my last tenner on Celtic going through.
“Jablonec finished third in the Czech top flight last season, behind Slavia and Sparta Prague. Clearly, they are no mugs.
“If this sounds pessimistic, then how else are we to view Celtic right now? They’ve just been knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by a bang average Midtjylland team.”
It’s difficult to disagree with most of this – Celtic have already dropped three points on the first day of the league season, and with reinforcements not arriving quickly enough, the team is in serious trouble.
It will be inconvenient for Celtic supporters, but this is a long-term undertaking, and any chance of a fast resolution is swiftly fading.
Celtic travel to the Czech Republic next, where they will try to get their first win under the new management against a team that few of us are familiar with, but you can bet it won’t be easy.