Alarm bells should be ringing around Celtic at the moment. They could only manage a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen, who do not even have a permanent manager in place right now. The result means that they do not have any real mathematical advantage over the Rangers in the table anymore. If Philippe Clement's side win their game in hand, they will have the same number of points as the Hoops, despite losing both Glasgow derbies in the ongoing campaign till now.
That is not the situation Celtic fans would have envisioned the side to be in, even a few months ago. They were cruising towards the title when Michael Beale was still the manager of the Rangers.
But Celtic have dropped points at an alarming rate over the past few months. On the other hand, the Rangers have quite certainly improve following their change in managers.
Naturally, many fans were left disappointed with how little was done by Celtic in the recently concluded winter transfer window. Nicolas Kuhn was the only permanent signing while Adam Idah was brought in on loan from Norwich City on deadline day after being linked with more proven strikers like Bojan Miovski, Lawrence Shankland and even Sydney van Hooijdonk.
Rodgers sends clear message about Celtic board
Most fans are of the view that the board have let Rodgers down. But the manager himself does not seem to share that perspective.
"No, I don’t feel that at all. I would never do that. I know there are fingers pointed and people will try to blame.
“But it’s not that at all. It’s just a view that I have, in terms of how we can develop going forward. It’s something that the guys on the board have given me great support, Dermot (Desmond), in particular, to bring me back. It’s a privilege to be at this club.
“What I want is the best for Celtic and I don’t want to be continually stood still and winning things domestically, which is great. But we want to do that and make an impact in Europe, so that’s what will, hopefully, happen during my time here."
To be honest, there is very little point talking about potentially making an impact in Europe at the moment. The Hoops are out of the continental stage already. And one can only wonder how they are planning to improve against those teams, if they cannot deal with struggling league sides at this point in time.