The Players and the Manager provide a damning verdict following disappointing Kilmarnock draw

The players and the manager departed the field at Parkhead to a chorus of boos from the Celtic support on Saturday. A draw against Kilmarnock, the third time Celtic have slipped up against Derek McInnes’ side this season, left the door wide open for Rangers to leapfrog Celtic at the summit of the cinch Premiership the following day.

There was almost a hint of inevitability about the way things have been unfolding since the turn of the year, with Celtic’s knack for just skipping by with 3 points despite not performing well now coming back to bite them.

Fans have had their say on social media, forums and phone-ins on the state of Celtic over the last few days, but what have those at the club had to say?

Brendan Rodgers is ‘unsurprised’
Speaking after the game, Brendan Rodgers stated “We’ve had enough mishaps throughout the season so I’m not surprised, if I’m honest,” he said.

“It was the same at Kilmarnock when we were ahead in the game, got pegged back and ended up losing.

“There’s been others where we haven’t been able to produce a level of performance.” (STV)

The performances have been consistently bad since the turn of the year, and Brendan Rodgers is the man who has the power to change things, but he has to do it before it’s too late.

Callum McGregor think’s something is ‘missing’
The Captain has echoed some of the supporters frustrations following some lacklustre results this season, and on media duties following the draw he said “We’ve been in this position too many times this year

“We have a good run of games and then everything looks good. Then, all of a sudden, you turn up and something happens out of the blue where you think, ‘Where did that come from?’” (BBC Sport)

Welsh says return of injured stars can help us turn it around
Celtic have been plagued with injuries over the course of this season, with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate being two of the key players who have missed the majority of this season.

Stephen Welsh sees that as a contributing factor to Celtic’s struggles, saying “We went through a sticky patch before the break but we were struggling with injuries then. Now we have most of our players back and once we get our full squad available we’ll be raring to go and fighting in both competitions.”

As someone who has been waiting in the wings for an opportunity, Welsh knows how important it is for those rotation players to take their chances, and one of Celtic’s downfalls this season has been that some of the backup players just haven’t been good enough. (Daily Record)

Greg Taylor says Celtic “need to hit the levels”
Taylor was critical on the performance and was quizzed on the discussions behind the scenes following the game.

He revealed that there was discussions between coaches, the manager and the players with there being a widespread unity on the need for the team understand the importance of success at a club like Celtic.

When asked whether the discussions were ‘angry’ Taylor stated that “It’s probably better just to leave that in the changing room.” (SunSport)

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