After 30 minutes of near one-way-traffic from Celtic, they received a double blow from their hosts, Aberdeen. In the space of six minutes, Derek McInnes side did to Celtic twice what Ronny Deila’s players failed to do once in 90 minutes to Aberdeen – put the ball in the back of the net.
Up until those two goals went in, it was all Celtic. Craig Gordon barely had a thing to do then found himself picking the ball out of the net twice.
The veteran goalkeeper was culpable for letting a goal in at his near post. It isn’t the first time we’ve seen Gordon concede at his near post either.
It was a very good strike by Jonny Hayes, I take nothing away from that. At that distance though a keeper should at least be palming it away.
Then came the second strike for the Dons. A corner was whipped into the Celtic box and Simon Church latched onto a free header and bundled past several bodies.
Celtic tried desperately to claw themselves back into the match but it wasn’t happening. The longer the game went on the more hopeless it looked.
A late strike from an out-of-sorts Leigh Griffiths was too late in the game. A draw was looking like the best chance but by the time Griffiths found the net, the game was done and was a mere consolation for travelling all the way up to Aberdeen on a cold February evening.
What many Celtic fans would have been thinking in the aftermath was ‘surely this is the end for Ronny now?’ If that was what we were wakening up to this morning, Deila would have been the first Celtic manager to lose his job whilst sitting on top of the league.
Not only that, but he’d be the only manager in Scotland to get the bullet when a league and cup double was on the cards. As it is, Ronny remains defiant which is exactly as he should.
Last night’s result was not the response we were hoping to see after Sunday. The opening half hour was positive but the Aberdeen goals soon changed all that.
At the end of the day it is all about character and picking yourself up. It wasn’t a poor game by Celtic, but the players did come up short when being asked to turn things around last night.
Up until Ambrose got sent off on Sunday, Celtic were in a good vein of form. That game changing moment released the hordes from their shackles once more and the replacement manager shortlist was doing the rounds again.
It may well be that looking back on this period in Celtic’s history one day, that Ronny was indeed a good coach but not a decision maker or a manager. Still, at this moment in time he sits 3 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Last night I watched Celtic dominate a match but create very little in the last third. Aberdeen got two goals out of nothing.
Is it time for Ronny to go? No, because changing now would be more disruptive than helpful.
We need to tough this one out until the end of the season. For now, the title remains in our own hands as does the Scottish Cup.
Until that changes, Celtic will stick with Ronny. It’s not what many fans want to hear but that’s how it is.