Celtic are 'very fragile' and it 'worries' me - Whelan
Celtic are still conceding too many goals from set pieces – it has become a “psychological problem” for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
So says ex-SPFL forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of the Hoops’ clash with FK Jablonec tonight (5th August).
Celtic have let in two goals from set plays in their first three matches in 2021-22 coming into the Europa League qualifier first leg.
As quoted by the Daily Record on 27th July, FC Midtjylland coach Henrik Jensen revealed his side would “prioritise set pieces” against Celtic.
Postecoglou’s side lost over two legs against the Danish champions in the Champions League second qualifying round.
They also fell to defeat against Hearts in their first match of the Scottish Premiership season.
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Whelan likened Celtic’s weakness from set pieces to a “disease” and insisted it must be cured as soon as possible.
“It’s been their Achilles heel,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“They never look very assured. There is no partnership between the two centre-halves.
“We talk about professionalism, but to lose out on a set piece [against Hearts] with a minute left is so disappointing.
“It let them down so many times this season. That concentration level and determination has let them down yet again.
“It’s like a disease. If you don’t nip it in the bud and rectify it then it’s going to carry on.
“They do look very fragile when it comes to set-pieces, even with the two big centre-halves in there.
“It becomes a psychological problem after a while. Every single corner that came in during that Hearts game, I was worried for them.“