BRENDAN RODGERS and his players are to blame for Celtic’s unexpected and dramatic plunge in form.

The champions dropped two more crucial Premiership points in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Parkhead yesterday as they continue to stumble through the minefield of league fixtures.

The Hoops were held by Aberdeen at Pittodrie earlier in the month while they struggled to odd-goal wins over Ross County and Hibs.

It’s been far from convincing and the displays have not been encouraging which has invited some supporters to adopt a scattergun approach to criticism with just about everyone seen as fair game for scathing comments.

ALONE WITH HIS THOUGHTS…Brendan Rodgers in reflective mood on the touchline.

However, former Scotland international star James McFadden is in no doubt where the buck stops in the Parkhead Blame Game.

The media pundit said: “For sure, the manager and the players have to take the responsibility.

“Brendan says he takes the responsibility and I think the players do, as well.

“The performances haven’t been anywhere near good enough for Celtic.

“Celtic invite pressure, there’s not enough tempo, speed on the passes and it allowed Kilmarnock to get that confidence to go and press them.”

McFadden, speaking on BBC Sportscene, continued: “They’re not playing with the speed or energy we are used to seeing from them and putting tams away.

“The longer the game went on, Kilmarnock got stronger and more encouraged to go and get that equaliser.”

NOT GOOD ENOUGH…James McFadden gives his verdict on Celtic. Image courtesy BBC Sportscene.
Reflecting again on the responsibility for the current predicament of the champions, McFadden added: “It has to be a collective, but certainly at the moment it is not good enough.
“Brendan Rodgers has recognised that fact.”
The Hoops are back in action a week today when they face McFadden’s former team Motherwell at Fir Park with a midday kick-off.
It could be another nervy encounter for the team chasing their twelfth title in 13 years.
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