Celtic hold dressing room talks amid growing pressure

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Sometimes you need a few days to reflect on a disappointing performance. After Celtic drew with Kilmarnock at the weekend to hand the advantage in the title race to the Rangers, it was clear that a cool, calm analysis was needed. On the other hand, could some bitter reality in the heat of the moment post-match make a real difference?

It wasn’t just the draw that disappointed the fans. It was also the lacklustre performance, the sloppy passing and the limited attempts on goal. The fact that this is becoming a trend now and a typical display from Brendan Rodgers' side is a real concern.

It is not just the fans that are unhappy. Brendan Rodgers spoke of his disappointment after the game as have several players, including captain Callum McGregor.

It looks like more has been said to the players behind the scenes as well. Now, it remains to be seen whether that ends up having an effect or not.

Celtic hold dressing room talks amid growing pressure

Greg Taylor has shed some light on talks which were held behind the scenes at Celtic. As reported by The Scottish Sun, the left-back said:

"We had a chat after the game in the changing room.

"It’s important to realise there are still 12 league games to go and we obviously need to improve, that’s clear, in terms of our level of performance.

“We want to hit the levels we know we can hit, but we all talked about that after the game — we’re a team, so it was coaches, manager, and all the players."

When asked if there had been anger and raised voices during the dressing room talks, Taylor said:

"It’s probably better just to leave that in the changing room."

Rodgers also spoke about his discussion with the players afterwards. As reported by the Daily Record, the manager said:

"I feel for the supporters. I’ve told the players, kids have travelled from all over the country to see their heroes today but that wouldn’t have inspired them. It wasn’t anywhere near the level that we want and we have to accept that."

You have to expect that the discussions hit home hard. Rodgers hasn't given away much of what he said. The manager might want to follow up specifically on the technical and tactical points during the week. 

Certainly, some tough words and a strong reaction are needed. Words alone aren't enough, Rodgers needs to prove his mettle by guiding the team through this period and making the changes needed to get the side back on track and quickly. Unfortunately, that might be easier said than done because at no point this season have the Hoops put in high-level performances.