The Celtic defence has been under constant attack all season long.
Not from opposing players but from people in the media and, indeed, even within our own support.
This is in spite of the best record in the league, and by quite some way.
In 26 games, we have conceded a mere 15 goals. That’s outstanding.
That’s the kind of record that should be generating praise from every commentator and yet I detected more than a little glee and more than a hint of “I told you so” from some of them after midweek.
It is ghastly how many of our own fans have leaped on this bandwagon.
Getting it in the neck, as ever, is Starfelt, a guy who has been excellent these past couple of months and who is just starting to settle down and look like a real player.
Also getting stick is Greg Taylor, for whom some people don’t need an excuse.
I thought Taylor had a poor night, but the manager rates him and thinks he can do something for him in this team.
If he didn’t this is one of the positions we’d have made a big signing for in January. If you believe in the manager’s vision then believe in Taylor, cause Ange knows why this guy is part of the team and what he’s doing.
Honestly, the result was dreadful and the performance appalling, but deep breaths here.
Since the result I’ve read that the boss picked the wrong team and that Hatate should have started; this is just another version of the “Celtic aren’t Celtic without Kyogo” argument which has surely been put to bed these last few months, and now this.
Were mistakes made? Of course.
You know what? Mistakes are going to be made, and plenty of them along the way.
But this team is much better than the critics are saying over the last few days.
Whatever went wrong in midweek, it wasn’t all at the back.