Celtic may have progressed to the round-of-32 of the Europa League this season, but the Glasgow giants’ performance against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday evening left much to be desired.
Many would have expected Brendan Rodgers’s side to pick up all three points against the Belgian side at home, given that they had won the reverse fixture 3-0 in Belgium.
Moreover, Celtic were in good form and Celtic Park was packed, with the fans anticipating a great performance.
However, the Bhoys lost 1-0 and failed to perform to the level that they usually do and are expected to.
One player who cannot be blamed for Tuesday’s performance and results is Leigh Griffiths, who was an unused substitute against Anderlecht.
Moussa Dembele started the match, and fellow French forward Odsonne Edouard came on as a substitute in the 74th minute.
Griffiths was an unused substitute against Motherwell at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership last weekend as well.
Celtic fans are not happy with Rodgers’s decision regarding Griffiths and some want him to start against Hibernian away from home in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
Below are some of the best comments:
Very true. Griffiths deserves a game at the weekend. https://t.co/J5pGXow0yc— Glasgow Celtic (@TenInARow67) December 6, 2017
Realise this may be a very unpopular opinion, but Dembele really disappointed there. Yes, midfield have been poor. As have majority of team. But he's not had a sniff of the Anderlecht defenders. No bullying. No hold-up. Nothing.— talkingbaws.com (@talkingbaws) December 5, 2017
I just feel griffiths does more@of the dirty work more chasing the defenders now , dembeles hold up play last night was embarrassing! I think@it’s easy to say that now especially with a hat trick on Saturday , and when he came@on his hold up play was decent— Craig Taylor (@C67T) December 6, 2017
How Griffiths isn't ahead of backwards brown,McGregor,Lustig,Armstrong, forrestt,Rogic,Dembele and eduardo,is baffling and buck is the fella picking the team. #Celtic— P (@1888Pira) December 6, 2017
Had to bring on wee Leigh Griffiths @ least he's a celtic man!Odward doesn't know Wat times day it is f'sake, 3 goals again Motherwell is not same level— Barry Robb (@BarryRobb1982) December 6, 2017
That performance was worse than the PSG game. Clearly sent out not to lose 3-0.— degsy (@degsy76) December 5, 2017
Armstrong must never be allowed to wear a Celtic shirt again.
Why was Griffiths left out on Saturday if he wasn’t going to start tonight?
Yes agree m8. He brings so much energy to game.— Celtic bhoy (@Pedroshome67) December 5, 2017
Missed valuable hours of studying to watch that brutal display from Celtic, so slow and negative and played as if they were scared of losing their Europa league spot. Hate to see Griffiths wasted too— Pope Lorenzo (@ReynholmITdpt) December 5, 2017
Big slap in the face to Griffiths?— Séan (@CelticSean81) December 5, 2017