Celtic were yet again unable to get a win on the board after being held to a 2-2 draw by Livingston in the Scottish Premiership. Despite the fact Neil Lennon and the senior players who were self-isolating had returned to the action, the Hoops hugely struggled on the road.
The reigning league champions fought back from Ciaron Brown’s early opener by netting twice before half-time. However, a shocking second half not only saw the three points slip from the bag, but substitute and captain Scott Brown was given his marching orders just five minutes after stepping onto the pitch.
The Celtic veteran has hugely let himself down with the nature of his red card but he has also jeopardised his position within the squad.
Brown managed to complete just the one single pass before he was sent down the tunnel for violent conduct in a pathetic cameo, as per Sofascore. His late arrival was a last-gasp attempt from Lennon to claw a win back against the Lions, but the red card only rubbed salt in their manager and Celtic’s gaping wounds.
After dropping more points, the Bhoys remain way behind runaway leaders Rangers, who are out in front with a gargantuan 20-point cushion. As the end of the January transfer window fast approaches, Lennon may well be urging Nick Hammond and his entourage to scour the market for some new personnel.
The Gers have all but lifted the Premiership trophy, which will end Celtic’s nine season unbeaten run. Unless they turn it all around next campaign, a new era of domination could be coming for Scotland.
Brown had already been dropped in favour of the likes of Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull, but his ridiculous sending off will only add to Lennon’s frustrations. His last three performances have been mere cameos, and he was dropped from the squad completely three occasions prior, via Transfermarkt.
The £23,000 per week midfielder is now into the final six months of his contract and with the manager gradually phasing him out of the squad, it could be curtains on his time at Parkhead. Despite being lauded as the “perfect” leader by Kieran Tierney recently, he is continuously being muscled out of his comfort zone by younger talents.
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