In Focus: Celtic need to prove they can adapt to combat opposition pressure

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic captain Scott Brown has stated his desire for the Hoops too continue playing with Brendan Rodgers’ tried and tested philosophy, even though it came undone against Hearts on Sunday.

What’s the story?

The end of Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten run was shocking at the weekend, not just because a team finally beat the Hoops, but because of the manner of the opposition’s victory. Hearts absolutely battered the Scottish champions, with their combative high press simply too much for Rodgers’ side to deal with.

It’s left some to question whether Celtic will need to adapt to maintain their success at the pinnacle of Scottish football.

Hoops captain Scott Brown believes that they can adjust their style of attack, while also maintaining Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy of playing out from the back and through opposition pressure.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, the midfielder said:

We have a lot of different ways we can play, the gaffer understands that as well. He knows sometimes we need to get the ball up to Moussa [Dembele] and Griff [Leigh Griffiths] and play off them. We have that in the locker as well. We can build in different ways. I think every team puts every team under pressure. You try to force mistakes. The team made mistakes on Sunday and that is why we got beat. But we have played against Aberdeen and we have played against Hibs when they have played a high press – and we have managed to play out of that pressure and get victories as well. We will just need to continue doing what we are doing. It is the gaffer’s philosophy, it is the way we want to play. We will build on this.

Celtic have the chance to bounce back from their first domestic defeat under Rodgers tonight when they face Partick Thistle at Celtic Park. Can the Bhoys prove that the Tynecastle result was merely a blip?

Found out?

The hope for the Hoops’ opposition in the coming matches that is that Hearts truly have found the blueprint to beating Celtic and that by matching Craig Levein’s tactics that they took can get at them and force them into mistakes.

Scott Brown claims they can adapt, but it’s now on Celtic to prove that and show they can deal with the kind of high press that the Jam Tarts threw at them at the weekend.

However, the captain is right to suggest that the likes of Aberdeen have tried to employ similar tactics in the past and come undone. Hearts didn’t really do anything different, they just did it better while also catching Celtic on a bad day.

The likelihood is that by sticking to Rodgers’ trusted tactics they roll over most of Scottish football again this season and they have a chance to show before the winter break that they are far from vulnerable.