'Don't have the players to slug it out' - Davie Provan makes big claim about Celtic
By Aramide Oladipo
Davie Provan has slammed Celtic for their performances in the Champions League this season and claimed that they lack a “Plan B” in the elite European competition.
The Hoops were eliminated from the Champions League after losing 2-1 against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at Celtic Park last week.
Brendan Rodgers’ side found themselves in an extremely difficult group, having to compete with Bayern and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
After three matches against the two sides, Celtic conceded 10 goals and only managed to score once through Callum McGregor in midweek.
Writing in his column for the Scottish Sun, former Hoops man Provan has heaped huge criticism on Rodgers for his offensive approach in Europe this time around.
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“Brendan Rodgers didn’t take kindly to criticism after Celtic’s mauling in Munich,” he wrote.
“Those of us who felt Celts has been too open in the Allianz were dismissed with indignation.
“Right now, criticising the Hoops boss is like accusing Mother Teresa of shoplifting.
“But when it comes to Celtic having a Plan B against Europe’s elite, I’ll stand my ground on that one.
“At the highest level in Europe, Celts need to learn how to win ugly.
“They don’t have the players to slug it out with the continent’s best sides.”
This a big claim from Provan because Celtic produced a fine performance against the Germans in midweek but just fell short in terms of the result.
However, Celtic have struggled to make an impact in the Champions League in recent years, failing to reach the knockout stages of the competition since the 2012-13 campaign.
The Hoops might change their tactics when they travel to France to face PSG at the end of the month in order to experience another difficult European away night.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his transfer plans for the January window.