A lot of Celtic fans could not have been blamed for thinking that the Hoops were set to cruise to the Premiership title this season. Ange Postecoglou’s side had picked up right where they had left off and looked genuinely unstoppable for the majority of their games. On the other hand, the Rangers were struggling badly for results as well as performances.
Those hopes were shattered in the game against St Mirren though, as Celtic suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away in Paisley. They conceded more goals on the day than they had in the six league matches before this combined.
A major problem on the day was the number of changes that Postecoglou had made to his line up, especially with the international break coming up. And Celtic ended up paying the price for it, as there did not seem to be any cohesion in the side against St Mirren. It was their worst performance in a long time.
“Our performance was nowhere near the levels it needs to be.
“There could be a number of reasons for it. We didn’t perform in any of the areas we like to perform in, and have been performing in, there wasn’t anything hugely positive out of today. Everything, including team selection, was probably not right.”
Celtic manager admits selection mistake against St Mirren
There just seemed to be a complacency about Celtic on the day, both in the performance and the selection.
This kind of a result is not the worst thing though, as it serves as a wake up call. There is a long season ahead and losing concentration even for one game could end up having huge implications on the title race.
The 2-0 defeat to St Mirren for instance, has wiped away the 5-point lead that Celtic had built up over the Rangers and now, it is back down to two. And while 24 hours ago, it was looking like Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were hanging in the title race by a thread, now, they are firmly back in it.