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The dream is now surely done and dusted for Celtic. On Saturday, they entered their confrontation with the Rangers at Old Firm simply by having to win.
However, after a moment of madness from Nir Bitton and then an own goal from Callum McGregor, his game plan was unraveled.
Neil Lennon’s team ultimately lost and as a result they are 19 points behind the Gers. With that, they can surely bid farewell to any hopes of winning a 10th consecutive SPFL crown.
It was a performance that was completely out of character with the mood Lennon had set in recent weeks. After a horrible streak in which they won alone twice in 12 starts they had won six on the rebound.
Unfortunately, the weaknesses returned on Saturday and they lost the most significant game of their season to date. One big reason behind Celtic’s rejuvenation over the past month has been David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro.
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So it said a lot that when Soro wasn’t at his best, the Hoops were defeated.
Described As a player with “explosive power”, he showed this in the first half. Although, in the second period, he had to run and consequently got tired in the end. He didn’t get much help, though considering he was the only central midfielder at the XI base.
The Ivorian was still safe with the ball at his feet, completing 83% of his passes, but he was missing the bite that a certain Scott Brown may have added to the party.
Soro didn’t necessarily have a horrible game, but this kind of performance will sound Lennon’s alarm bells. If this continues, it will become a problem.
The Bhoys will have to hope that he rediscovers his form and does not become an inconsistent figure. After all, they’ve seen quite a bit of that from Brown this season.
This cannot afford to be another escalating problem for Lennon.