Just when you thought Celtic may have turned a corner with their 2-0 win over Hamilton last time out, Neil Lennon’s side found a way to sink even lower.
The Hoops fell to a woeful 2-1 defeat to St Mirren at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon, and whether the manager takes most of the blame, or the players, it was an all-round woeful day.
Despite boasting a whopping 68% of the possession, Celtic could only muster a paltry three shots on target, two less than the visitors. And whilst Shane Duffy will once again be in the headlines after being at fault for one of St Mirren’s goals, Leigh Griffiths will have some explaining to do as well.
The striker, who scored against Hamilton, looked way off the pace, struggling to get himself involved into the game. He had just 17 touches of the ball, which was by far the lowest of any starter for the Hoops, and made just a measly seven accurate passes out of the ten that he attempted.
But perhaps most worryingly for Lennon, is that Griffiths didn’t even look to make himself a nuisance for the St Mirren defence, instead looking lethargic and disinterested – he competed in just one duel, and lost that, and made no tackles, interceptions or clearances whatsoever, showing no signs of wanting to press from the front or work hard.
Even despite it being a disappointing campaign overall for the striker, he has still managed to win 1.7 duels per match in the Scottish Premiership – a number he was nowhere close to getting on Saturday.
In the end, Lennon had seen enough, and even despite seeing his side trailing at the half-time break, he saw fit to take his centre-forward off and replace him with Tom Rogic.
If ever there was a statement of just how badly wrong things have gone at Celtic Park, then the club’s abject display at home to a side who are 20 points below them in the table said it all.
Duffy might well be the go-to man to blame, especially given his recent awful performances, but Griffiths was arguably just as bad if not worse on Saturday afternoon.