A team that dropped only two points in 13 games has now dropped a further eight across five games. That’s a significant change in form over the last three weeks. We beat Aberdeen 6-0 ahead of the last international break, returned to draw 1-1 with Motherwell, were less then impressive in wins over St Johnstone and Hibs, then lost to Kilmarnock and Hearts.
I think we can all agree that the summer recruitment, which monetarily focussed on central defenders who have scarcely been used, and numerically on wingers, who have failed to inspire, did not compensate for the summer departures. But that does not explain the watershed either side of the November international break. A squad that was imperious going into the break looks like it has collectively switched off.
Celtic will doubtlessly sign players in January but if we don’t deal with whatever has been eating the cohesion since the squad reassembled late last month, it will not change the dial.
A week to reset before playing the bottom club in the league is welcome. Brendan, Callum and the squad have to fix the obvious problem, or no amount of January signings will make any difference.