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On Thursday night at the San Siro, expectations for Celtic were minimal.
This was a team that faced one of Europe’s elite teams with a streak of just two wins in their last ten outings.
It was a shock, therefore, when the Hoops took a remarkable 2-0 lead against AC Milan.
Tom Rogic continued his resurgence before Odsonne Edouard turned heads to double things up for Neil Lennon’s side.
However, in fairly typical circumstances, they let their advantage slip away and thanks to a truly horrible defense, they ultimately lost 4-2.
It was a loss, despite the offensive performance, which will have put even more pressure on his frustrated coach.
Whatever you do right now, it doesn’t seem to pay off. Just a week after Scott Bain disappointed his team against Sparta Prague, substitute goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas was also having a surprise.
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That said, the defense in front of him didn’t offer much help, particularly Diego Laxalt.
The Uruguayan has been impressive since he signed, so much so that the Bhoys could do your permanent temporary change. Yet against his parent club on Thursday, he was absolutely shocking as a left back.
He was brutally dominated by Samu Castillejo and Hakan Calhanoglu, being dribbled in no less than Three occasions.
Laxalt had a habit of poorly timing his passes and on his way to completing only 69%, lost possession 20 times.
It was a terrible performance from a very experienced player at the highest level. In a game like this, you’d think the 27-year-old would have something to prove.
That seemed far from the case since he lost 58% of his duels, winning only six of his 17 battles on the ground.
It was an alarming performance from Laxalt, who so far has been a relative support for Lennon on the left side of defense.
This exhibition, however, will surely have raised questions. Of course, it’s better to judge their starts in the league, but if Celtic want to come out of their current hole, they will have to improve.
To put it bluntly, this was not good enough.
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