Yeah, it was always going to be bitter sweet. As Celtic find themselves struggling against Livingstone at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Clyde 1 pundit Hugh Keevins struck out at the Hoops defensive woes, particularly off the back off the 4-3 loss to Betis in Seville.
As Keevins reviewed the European away performance, he made the upcoming visit of the Germans favourites, but only if the Hoops do not sort out their back line, “Bayer Leverkusen at Celtic Park I would say right now Bayer Leverkusen are favourites to win at Celtic Park because of this Achilles heel.
“I cannot make a virtue, out of heroic failure. He has done a magnificent job and very unfortunate, particularly with the loss of Furuhashi. He’s got Jota playing extremely well.
“They are occasionally, very exciting to watch Celtic. But as the season progresses, the defensive frailty has to be eliminated domestically and in European football or you cannot succeed.”
For all the attacking intent of the Celtic team, the defence has always been a cause for concern amongst the fans.
Even though they have conceded fewer goals than anyone else in the Scottish league, you can see during matches that the back four of the Hoops can look shaky at times when pressed or put under pressure.
With the return of Christopher Julien expected in late October and the impressive Cameron Carter Vickers looking to have added some steel the the Hoops defence, the fans will be hoping that the defence will be the last thing they are talking about come the end of the season.
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