Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists tiredness is not to blame for his team’s dismal performance against Hibernian in Edinburgh.
The former Liverpool manager believes the lack of depth in his squad was the reason for their 2-0 loss which has kept them away from the top of the Scottish Premiership and he hopes he can strengthen his playing staff when the transfer winding opens next month.
The Hoops were without Kieran Tierney (rest), while Ryan Christie, Dedryck Boyata, Leigh Griffiths and Mikael Lustig are all battling with injuries.
The Scottish champions men never looked like taking even a point from the game against Hibs.
The Celtic manager said, according to Evening Times:
“It was disappointing, of course, the result and performance. We gave away two poor goals from our perspective, nothing to do with energy from Thursday, it was to do with tactical discipline and not concentrating.”
“In the first minute we left gaps, we pressed at the wrong time and then we didn’t track runners at such an early stage of the game. That was disappointing because we didn’t get off to a good start playing against a team that wasn’t overly confident. It’s not as if they have been flying high.”
“The second one comes from our free-kick. Again, it’s tactical discipline. We don’t secure the ball at the top end of the field and Scott Brown is left in a two against one situation at the back. So, two poor goals from our perspective and then we didn’t create enough going forward.”
“We had some flashes across the box and what-not, but we didn’t quite have the performance level today.”