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Celtic: Neil McCann blasts Nir Bitton and Jeremie Frimpong after Hibs draw

Celtic: Neil McCann blasts Nir Bitton and Jeremie Frimpong after Hibs draw - Celtic News

Former Scottish Premiership player Neil McCann has described Celtic’s defending during their 2-2 draw against Hibernian as “criminal”.

McCann not impressed

The Bhoys had to battle back from 2-0 down to hit a late second-half equaliser to ensure that they took something from Easter Road.

Jamie Murphy scored the opener after Scott Bain saved a penalty from Kevin Nisbet, as the Hoops defenders were too slow to react.

Odsonne Edouard finished a spot-kick before Diego Laxalt lashed home late on in what was a dramatic Scottish Premiership encounter.

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Speaking to BBC Sportscene (cited by Daily Record), McCann was not impressed with Celtic’s defending and did not mix his words when he explained what his views were, singling out two Hoops assets.

“Frimpong and Bitton, when the penalty has been struck, are still standing there with their hands on their hips,” he said.

“That is criminal. You have to compliment Murphy who follows in, he’s on the front foot and Ajer is trying to recover. Both Bain and Ajer are furious, and quite rightly so. You can’t get done like that.

“That is unacceptable defending from Frimpong and Bitton. Had they been on their toes, they might have been able to affect Jamie Murphy – but it was a super finish.”

Transfer Tavern take

It is difficult to disagree with what McCann is saying. Lennon must be anticipating the return of Christopher Jullien, who has been out with a back injury since last month.

With Celtic already playing catchup as it is to Rangers, Steven Gerrard’s side extended their advantage thanks to the Bhoys’ “criminal” defending.

If Lennon’s side are going to pull off 10-in-a-row, a convincing win in Prague next Thursday could be the morale booster that the squad needs to take into their league form.

In other news, Chris Sutton reveals when Celtic ‘might sack’ Neil Lennon.


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