Sluggish and complacent: Three worst Celtic players in disappointing draw v Partick
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Football Insider takes a look at Celtic’s three worst players in their 1-1 home draw with Partick on Wednesday night.
The Danish centre-back missed Sunday’s 5-0 rout over Hearts through illness and he proved that it was a bad call by Brendan Rodgers to bring him back into the team for Partick. He was starting his first game since the Old Firm draw with Rangers in mid-March and it looks like he shouldn’t be given another chance in the starting XI any time soon after Wednesday’s performance. Sviatchenko looked sluggish and, if anything, a bit complacent. He failed to cope with their second-half comeback and things could have been a lot worse if Jozo Simunovic wasn’t in such good form. The 25-year-old was one of five returning faces in the Bhoys starting line-up and Rodgers probably regrets that decision now.
Celtic were ineffective in attack against a Partick side that struggled to get out of their own half for most of the game. McGregor had a stinker in front of goal despite showing willingness to get forward. Patrick Roberts had an equally miserable outing, but the Man City loanee provided the assist for Scott Sinclair’s goal. McGregor was limited to a number of long range shots but his finishing and creative play was erratic at times. Rodgers has to hope that Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths are back to fitness as soon as possible because the 23-year-old is without a goal since January.
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It was by no means the worst performance Bitton has had this season, but the display from Eboue Kouassi put the Israeli to shame. Kouassi was making his first start for the Hoops and impressed a lot of fans, but that was also much to Bitton’s discredit as he had to play in a more advanced role than he is used to. This change is probably the one that upset the team most because their creative play was seriously affected by the 25-year-old’s inability to carve an opening. He had a couple of chances to score with his head but his efforts were tame to say the least.