As you’ll probably know, Celtic bowed out of the Champions League last night in the third qualifying round against AEK Athens, losing 3-2 on aggregate. The Hoops lost 2-1 in Athens after drawing 1-1 in Parkhead and after the club posted their full match report on Twitter, the fans gave their verdict and cited the lack of spending on their defence as the reason.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 14 August 2018
Celtic found themselves 2-0 down and needing two goals to progress with just 15 minutes left before Scott Sinclair pulled one back off the bench to give them hope. However, that’s how the game finished and they lost 2-1, bowing out of the Champions League and setting themselves up with a Europa League playoff fixture against either Spartaks Jurmala or FK Suduva and a win will see them gain direct entry into the Europa League group stages.
Brendan Rodgers will obviously have to bear the brunt of the loss for a lot of it. However, the lack of money being spent improving the club’s backline simply isn’t good enough. Sloppy defending at the back cost them both goals and even though they didn’t concede any major chances at the back they found themselves in a position that was really tough to come back from. The Bhoys will be desperate to get some defensive reinforcements in January and next summer and will be hoping they can return to the Champions League next season.
You can read the Hoops’ verdict here:
Unacceptable to send us into the Champions League with a weaker side than last season!!
— Karl Furlong (@furlo2007) August 14, 2018
Healthiest Share Price in Football and can’t shell out a few quid for defenders ? pic.twitter.com/XnWTQi6P6j
— Paul Kelly (@PKelly31) August 14, 2018
Board failed the support,plow hard earned money into the club and get treated with disdain, your a disgrace and will be unforgiven
— Sophie johnstone (@JohnstoneSophie) August 14, 2018
No don’t tweet until it’s a new defence
— ㅤKieran (@KieranCFC67) 14 August 2018
Buy AEK'S defence
— Pearse McDonnell (@PearseMcDonnell) August 14, 2018
Don’t spend to improve you stall or go backwards. Shambles the night with a patched up side but plenty in the Bank they say
— craig meechan (@cmeechan67) 14 August 2018
Finally our terrible recruiting has caught up with us. Rotten!!
— Gbhoy [Introducing YouTube Re-Monetization] (@AussieBhoy1978) 14 August 2018
Just from these tweets you can see that the fans aren’t happy with their defence and will be keen to get some new players in to bolster them at the back.