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Frank McAvennie: Pep Guardiola would fail to save Celtic

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Celtic have dropped down to second in the Scottish Premiership table after they managed a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock last week. 

The Bhoys were leading by eight points at one point, but the momentum had completely shifted. Celtic still have 12 games and two Old Firm derbies to salvage their season, but the problems run deep.

Celtic have dropped points at Parkhead this season, and many pundits believe that they have lost the fear factor. Chris Sutton has suggested that Brendan Rodgers needs to take a fair share of blame for this current mess.

Now Frank McAvennie has suggested that Celtic players are not good enough and that even Pep Guardiola, supposedly the best manager in the world, would struggle to save Celtic from this downward spiral.

“Who you’re going to bring in? Listen, Pep is supposed to be the best manager in the world. He cannot make the team better. I don’t know how they could because it’s all about confidence,” said McAvennie to PLZ Soccer.

Celtic are under lots of pressure

While the title is not decided in February, Celtic need to play a lot better than what they are doing right now.

One cannot hide from the fact that Celtic haven’t spent enough money during transfer windows and there are boardroom problems. However, the problem also lies with the team and the manager, and their failure to perform consistently.

Rodgers can point out injuries, but Celtic haven’t always been spectacular this season. They were dumped out of the Champions League at group stages, which was their worst campaign ever, and the Hoops haven’t responded well in the league as well.

Celtic maintain healthy possession in every game but they are struggling to create enough clear-cut chances. The Bhoys are not using their wingers properly and the football is largely predictable.

McAvennie has made a very good point that teams are not afraid of playing at Celtic Park anymore, and that’s a really worrying sign.

It’s a bold claim that Guardiola would have struggled to make things work at Celtic, but McAvennie rightly says that the problem lies with confidence within the team.

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