Just six days after Steven Gerrard pondered if his team had the “bottle” to mount a title challenge, they were unable to overcome Aberdeen at home. Were it not for Sam Cosgrove having an off day, all three points may have travelled north after the game.
Gerrard’s reaction was typically selfless, “We’re definitely doing something right in terms of the team organisation [trans: I’m good at my job], but I think individuals in it today let us down a bit by giving big chances away [trans: it’s the players fault].
Having absolved himself of all blame, Gerrard went on to throw Morelos under the Lamborghini, “The biggest [chances]were obviously one in the first-half, Alfredo should put Ryan Kent through on goal and the second he should have taken the chance that was presented to him with a fantastic ball by Connor.”
This is not a positive sign. Good managers are strong enough to open themselves to criticism in order to protect their players. This guy sounds like he has self-doubts. Not without reason.
The weekend’s action ended in typical fashion with the champions stretching their lead to seven points, albeit having played a game more than the also-rans.
Credit to Hamilton Accies, who battled with 10-men before collapsing after the 78th minute. Celtic were uninspiring until that point, but they are champions for a reason. The game transformed with the arrival from the bench of Jonny Hayes, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic. Rogic, in particular, has patiently waited his chance. I would start him at Fir Park on Wednesday.