“A little lackluster”: John Hartson assesses yesterday’s Celtic result and discusses a major issue he saw

The way Celtic played against Hibs will undoubtedly be remembered as their worst of the entire season.

While many would contend that Celtic Park’s draw with St Johnstone wins that title, Celtic did at least create legitimate opportunities against the struggling SPFL team.

However, there was no true penetration against Hibs. With the exception of Paulo Bernardo’s long-range shot in the first half and James Forrest’s spectacular volley that struck the bar in the last six minutes of play, Celtic had no noteworthy moments that would indicate they should have won more.

John Hartson also offered his opinions about the performance and a significant issue that Celtic is now facing with their roster.

Hartson wrote, “Watched the Celtic Hibs game,” on the social media site X. A little dull, Celtic isn’t everyone at the races.

“Hibs stuck with it, but it seems like our second-string players are struggling to step up when given the opportunity.”

Celtic must make prudent transfers throughout the January transfer window.

It’s true that the team did a good job of landing nearly all of its best players on new, better contracts in the summer. They should be commended greatly for that.

However, all of the summer acquisitions—aside from Luis Palma—don’t seem prepared for the starting lineup. All you need to know is that Celtic ended the match with players who were part of the Neil Lennon era on the field.

Insufficient efforts have been made to bring in players of true talent and let go of those who don’t seem to have much longer in the team.

I’ll let you all determine their identities. I’ve been outspoken on TBR Celtic about who I think should go from the team and where I think Celtic should go stronger.

Without a doubt, in January there will be work to be done to improve the caliber of the Celtic bench. Either that, or Brendan Rodgers must stick with players like Hyunjun Yang and give guys like Marco Tilio a chance.

I believe that all Celtic supporters are aware of what must occur. Hopefully, Rodgers will be able to spend a portion of the enormous sums of money that are currently in the Parkhead club’s bank account.

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