Rule of Thumb

This evening Celtic will face Rosenborg in Trondheim. After a goaless draw at Celtic Park last week, the task is now a little bit tougher for the Hoops.
Brendan Rodgers was without a recognised striker last week and the team struggled in front of goal. Leigh Griffiths travelled to Norway and is likely to play, but how fit he is remains to be seen.

Still, having someone actually fulfill the role of a striker, even if they don’t score themselves, is an improvement on last week already. It isn’t that Celtic played badly, they just had no focal point and Leigh will provide that. 

With Moussa Dembele out until September Celtic are a little light up front. Brendan has strengthened the team for sure, but not for this position.

The question for Brendan is can he afford to carry this sort of risk for another season. I don’t think he can. 

Rosenborg may not be at the seen as thw same team from when Celtic last faced them in 2001. However, seventeen games and midway through their season, fitness and sharpness is at a higher level than Celtic’s.

Kåre Ingebrigtsen had his team well organised at Celtic Park. They defended well and hit on the break effectively.

At the Lerkendal Stadion, expect another efficient performance from Rosenborg. What Celtic need to do is be more clinical.

There were chances last week for both sides. Rosenborg looked better on the break, whilst Celtic had trouble finding the target.

Despite dominating the first half and the match over all, Celtic only managed 2 shots on target out of 12 attempts. Rosenborg had 8 attempts with 4 on target.

Goals haven’t been hard to come by for Brendan Rodgers team in the last year. Be it one of our front men or the midfield we’ve produced the goods. 

At the weekend, Celtic dismantled Championship side Sunderland 5-0 at the Stadium of Light. It was a comprehensive performance against a Sunderland team who finished an eight game pre-season with their first defeat.

There were some notable performances from Celtic including a double save by Dorus de Vries from a penalty and a fine match by Kieran Tierney who wore the captains armband for the first time. It was hattrick hero Callum McGregor who stole the show though.

Some Celtic fans have given this guy a bit of stick in his time as a first team player. Much of that was likely to do with Ronny Deila’s faith in the midfielder.

He gave him his first senior game and often turned to him throughout his two year stint as manager. He rarely let him down. 

McGregor has proven everyone wrong time and time again. Now, people are calling for him to play up front against Rosenborg.

I’m not sure how effective he would be in that role. He is a versatile player who is good for goals and assists.

To play up front you need a presence and I’m not sure Callum has that exactly. What I will say is that he should play a part in this one. 

The striking dilemma will be addressed by playing Griffiths. Let’s hope he can impose himself enough to help get that result to see us into the playoffs.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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