'Costing millions' - BBC pundit slams perception of Celtic squad
BBC pundit Tam McManus has slammed the perception that Celtic have a strong, well-equipped squad after a much-changed Hoops side drew 0-0 with St Johnstone on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers made changes to his side with the Europa League second leg with Zenit in mind but the fringe players failed to take their chances in the match.
Responding to a fan who had criticised him on Twitter, McManus also underlined his belief that the expensively assembled Hoops side should have been able to defeat St Johnstone even with all the changes made.
“Where did I say Celtic had ‘no squad depth?’ Nowhere. Think I said it wasn’t as strong as people would make out,” McManus said, as quoted on his personal Twitter account.
“I acknowledged Celtic had lots of injuries but that team costing millions should have had more than enough to beat St Johnstone. Most would agree?”
That eejit Tam McManus thinks the weekend's result shows we have no squad depth. Has he seen our injury list? We have more players than an American football team and it's only going to get harder to pick from them … https://t.co/QvQ4WctMZD
— James Forrest (@LaytonBhoy) February 19, 2018
1. Where did I say Celtic had ‘no squad depth?’ Nowhere. Think I said it wasn’t as strong as people would make out. 2. I acknowledged Celtic had lots of injuries but that team costing millions should have had more than enough to beat St J. Most would agree? 3. Less of the eejit. https://t.co/DaymeoRQdo
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) February 19, 2018
The Bhoys’ squad strength will be put to the limit this week, with the Bhoys facing two huge matches which could go a long way to defining their season.
The Bhoys travel to Russia for the second leg against Zenit on Thursday with European qualification on the line, which is followed only three days later with a trip to Pittodrie to face third placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
By the time the Hoops play Aberdeen the gap at the top of the league table could be down to six points, so the pressure will be on the Hoops to get a good result.
In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas believes that Zenit will knock Celtic out of the Europa League
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