Reset for Celtic

Firstly, it would be churlish not to congratulate Sevco on their first ever league win against the champions.

When talent is not allied to hard work then it can be neutralized by collective effort and that this what happened at Ibrox yesterday.

However, it is folly to dismiss the role of incompetence in human affairs, especially sport.

Celtic have concocted a title race solely by their own efforts.

The last two transfer windows have saw the Parkhead side complacently commit self-harm.

A third such failure in succession will endanger the league title.

The first time that Sevco bested Celtic was at Hampden in April 2016.

That as a wake-up call for Dermot Desmond. Until then he had been happy to allow his CEO to run things as he saw fit.

When the Irishman stepped in to be more hands-on and he hired Brendan Rodgers.

You know the rest.

Then in the summer of this year, the old Heated Driveway hubris re-emerged.

The Double Treble suggested that it wasn’t broken, so someone decided to fix it.

Rodgers thought that those transfer negotiations would go smoothly for players that wanted to come and were within the allocated budget.

Several of the positions that were targeted in the summer remains an issue:

Centre back, Right back and striker.

The 11th hour departure of Moussa Dembélé and the situation with Leigh Griffiths makes that last position even more problematic.

I’m told that the French frontman might now be considering that his move to Lyon to be a bad decision.

C’est la vie…

Celtic cannot afford to ignore the lessons of yesterday and here the blogger James Forrest doesn’t miss.

I have written here before that because of the epochal events of 2012 only Celtic can topple Celtic in Scottish football.

Consequently, the people who run Celtic have one calendar month to fix things, because now it IS broken.

The disjointed and anemic performance yesterday suggests that major corrective action is required.

In the post-match interview, a gracious and honest Rodgers stated that the champions would have to push “reset”.

He isn’t wrong…

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