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PremierLeague-News.Com - The managers admitted a 'softness' about the champions this term after they suffered another crushing blow in the form of a 1-0 loss at Ross County.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It wasn’t just Bobby Madden who didn’t turn up in Dingwall. Celtic were posted missing again when it mattered and Neil Lennon admitted he was left with a familiar lament. The ref had to be changed at the last minute after the SFA were plunged in to a Covid crisis but there were no such excuses for the champions. Lennon reckons the 90 minutes in the Highlands pretty much summed up the season and it was hard to argue. Celtic were wasteful in one box and self-destructive in the other. It’s a combination that’s wrecked their bid for 10 In A Row and left supporters staring in the abyss. The manager is struggling to get his head around it as well. Read More Related Articles Neil Lennon abruptly ends Celtic radio inquiry as second rebuild question leads to swift exit Lennon said: “It’s a strange one. It’s a game we should have won out of sight. I think it encapsulates the season really. “We’ve dominated the game, dominated the chances, and they’re not like half chances, they’re gilt-edged, and then we have conceded another set play. “It’s been a real weakness of ours this season. It’s really, really poor. “The build-up to how Ross County got the free-kick was poor as well. “So our decision-making has not been good in that moment. “We came here and won 5-0 and we didn’t play half as well as we did tonight. That’s football sometimes.” Celtic’s season has been circling the drain for a while but it’s in danger of heading right down the cludgie now. Ryan Christie's first-half miss summed up Celtic's night (Image: PA) Rangers are due at Parkhead in a few weeks for what could be a title party. Lennon insisted his squad can’t allow the campaign to peter out. He said: “We shouldn’t, we’re the champions. We played well, I have to say we played well, we didn’t deserve to lose the game. “I can’t blame them for them, but I can criticise them for really poor defensive play at one moment in the game which has cost us a result.” Lennon is at a loss though. Celtic are struggling with the basics –and nearly half of the goals they have conceded this term have been from set pieces. He said: “I can’t do it for them. It wasn’t a problem for us last season, but it has been a real problem for us this season with more or less the same personnel. “You have to go and head the ball, you want to block runners. Read More Related Articles Neil Lennon tells fed-up Celtic fans I'm sorry as he believes players 'maybe don't want to get hurt' Read More Related Articles 3 talking points as Celtic stumble to defeat against Ross County “I don’t see us getting any free headers in the opposition box, but I have seen it plenty of times for us. It s not good enough. “I think our decision making has been poor this year. “The quality of chances we created was pleasing.
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. And they were gilt-edged chances. For some reason, we didn’t take them tonight. We should have been out of sight at half-time. “Odsonne missed a sitter, their keeper had a couple of great saves, we had a chance with a header. “It wasn’t as if we weren’t creating chances. The ball has been in our box twice in the second-half and we conceded. “There is a softness about us this season.”
John Hughes will demand even more of his Staggies after moving off the bottom of the league
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Ross County were rock hard, though. And manager John Hughes won’t ease up on his men even after lifting themselves out of the relegation zone. Yogi said: “It has to be a boost but I tell you what, I’ll give them Monday off but when they come in on Tuesday I’ll tell them, some of the passing was unacceptable. “The result was different class, but don’t get too carried away. “Don't get too big for your boots. We’ve got another nine cup finals left this season but if they give me that, we’ll be okay. “They can’t get blasé, they need to come in and show me what they have got if they want to play on Saturday.” Hughes might dish out the tough love but he couldn’t hide his joy at his side’s all-round display.
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They dug in when they had to but the Staggies were good value. Hughes said: “I’m delighted with the result. I’m delighted for the boys, with their effort, commitment and organisation, and their willingness to put their bodies on the line. “It was Glasgow Celtic we were playing against. Before the game there had to be an understanding that we couldn’t be wide open. “When it goes to guys like Rogic, Christie and Turnbull they can damage you. “Tactically we were spot on. The goal was something we have been banging the drum about, we have to get the delivery spot on and I’m absolutely delighted Harry Paton’s delivery found big Jordan White peeling around the back. I thought Jordan was different class. He led the line very well. “At the end we were hanging in, we were getting deeper and deeper, and flinging their bodies on the line. “They all played their part. Even the substitutes came on and helped us get over the line. “It has to be like that from now until the end of the season. That’s my frustration, we seem to be all right against the teams in the top half, we have beaten Celtic, Hibernian and Aberdeen.”
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