Five things learned from Celtic's Ross County draw: Guidetti, Izaguirre, Griffiths feature

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Five conclusions from Celtic's bore draw with Ross County on Saturday afternoon.

Drop Guidetti?

The boos rang out at Celtic Park after Ronny Deila's side drew 0-0 with second-bottom Ross County on Saturday afternoon. And rightly so - the Bhoys were frankly pathetic going forward.

All of Deila's talk before the game turned out to be just that: talk. He warned that the under-performing John Guidetti could be dropped for his recent form - but didn't do it.

Now, he simply has to. Not because Guidetti is a bad player. But because the Swede is off form and out of confidence. Being dropped will give him the kick he requires, allowing more-threatening forwards to do the job for Celtic in the meantime.

Deila's tactics

Watching the Hoops try to break Ross County down would have been equally frustrating for Celtic supporters and neutrals alike. There seemed to be one tactic: get the ball wide.

But what followed? Nothing. Nothing at all. And that's where these two points were dropped. Celtic would take the ball out wide and deliver a poor cross, with no one waiting for the ball down the middle.

Whenever the Bhoys went down the centre, they enjoyed more success - but that was far too rare. All of their problems seemed to be created by a lack of technical basics: something boss Deila is getting wrong on the training ground.

How do you solve a problem like Izaguirre?

Before half-time against County, Emilio Izaguirre looked like Celtic's best player. All the play went through him (out wide, down the left) and his energy was encouraging.

But, just like the Hoops as a whole, nothing came of it. The left-back ran and ran, delivering cross after cross. He was far too wasteful, however, and deeply frustrated the home supporters. Recent reports have suggested he could be on his way out of Celtic Park but, if that is the case, why does Deila insist on playing through him so much?

Play Griffiths up top

On the face of it, it would be easy to be disappointed with Leigh Griffiths after today's 0-0 draw. The 24-year-old failed to keep up the promising recent form that earned him a start for Celtic.

But the blame again might have to go to Norwegian boss Deila on this one. Griffiths should have started up front, not in the middle of the supporting three. Guidetti offered nothing up top today and Griffiths threatened in rare glimpses. In the penalty box, he would have done much more than from 30 yards out - something he was restricted to against Ross County.

Just far too predictable

Celtic's biggest problem as a whole was simply their lethargy going forward. Stefan Johansen, Guidetti and co were far too predictable in what they were doing. If the worst team (on paper) in the SPL could foil the Bhoys, how can Deila's side ever threaten the best of the best?

Work needs to be done both tactically and technically, while the teamsheet needs to be given a shake up. Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons should be starting. Some names, meanwhile, desperately deserve the axe.

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