Celtic suffered another disappointing result on Saturday as they failed to lift the mood following the Dubai fallout
With Celtic’s month having been dominated by a controversial trip off the pitch and poor results on it, there has been no shortage of talking points surrounding the Scottish champions.
With Cedric Itten’s goal against Motherwell moving Rangers 21 points ahead of their rivals at the top of the Premiership, the chances of Neil Lennon’s men realising their 10-in-a-row dream look remote.
Sir Kenny Dalglish, however, believes the focus should not be on how the club got here but rather how they can move forward.
Dalglish, who won four league titles as a Celtic player, concedes it is now highly unlikely that his former side will win the league.
Instead of focusing on the disastrous Dubai trip, the Liverpool legend wants Celtic to prepare for next season’s title push.
Writing in the Sunday Post, he said: “I don’t think too many people would disagree with anyone who said that Rangers are going to win the SPFL Premiership title this season.
“But events at Celtic Park over the past week have clouded that stark fact.
“It’s all put the fact that there is next to no chance that Celtic will win 10-in-a-row to one side.
“So, rather than revisiting what happened during and after the winter training camp in the United Arab Emirates, I believe there should be more focus on what happens next at Parkhead.
“Celtic didn’t lose the Premiership title because they went to Dubai earlier this month.
“The two defeats to Rangers, and some of their signings in the past few months not working out as planned, are a few of the main reasons.
“To move forward and try to win the title back from Rangers next season, things need to be addressed inside Celtic Park, and big decisions made.
“I’m sure there will be meetings with key personnel to try to get to the bottom of what has gone wrong in the past few months.
“Things have to be identified, so that the same mistakes are not repeated.
“It’s clear that Celtic need to step it up to move forward – and I expect that is exactly what they will do.
“With the benefit of hindsight, as Peter (Lawwell) stated in his interview, it was a mistake to go on the trip in the current climate, with the pandemic and restrictions.
“But the trip didn’t go to plan. They lost key players for the Hibs game and dropped two points. The same again on Saturday.
“That, however, is in the past.
“It’s about what happens in the weeks and months ahead that are important for the club.”