It is safe to say that Celtic have not made the start to the season that they would have hoped for. At one point of time, it had looked like they had found their rhythm and went on a brilliant six-game winning streak earlier in the campaign, outscoring their opponents 24 to 4.
But since then, the Hoops have struggled badly. In their past eight games, they have managed just two wins. And while some growing pains where always expected this season, the results must improve as quickly as possible. At the moment, Celtic sit at sixth in the Premiership table and would go into the international break at seventh if they lose their upcoming game against Aberdeen.
One player who has been one of the few bright spots this season is Callum McGregor. The new Celtic captain has been solid whenever he has been on the pitch and the side missed him badly when he was out injured recently.
As reported by the Glasgow Times, McGregor has explained their recent struggles:
“It’s a very demanding style of football and you need everyone to buy into it and everyone to move and be connected all the time.
“That takes time for the players to understand where to move and when to move, when to make safe side passes, and in the transition moments we have to defend better. That’s where the issues have been as a team.
“We’ve had loads of the ball in a lot of our games but it’s been in the defensive transition where we have struggled. It’s going to take a bit of time to nail down the specifics of it but everyone is together and everyone believes in what the manager is trying to do.
“In spells of the game we more than held our own against big opposition and that’s got to give us confidence moving forward.”
Patience is needed but Celtic certainly need to improve
There is no question about the fact that patience is needed. Celtic have a massive rebuild on their hands and no manager would come in and turn things around completely within a short span of time.
Ange Postecoglou has to be given a transfer window or two more before we can expect to see the best of his style of football. We have already seen glimpses of it and it is pretty good to say the least.
Hopefully, they will be able to find some consistency and show that kind of football regularly at some point in the near future. It is clear that this will be a long ride back to the top of Scottish football. Let’s just hope that it is a fun one at the same time.