Celtic’s unblemished record in the Scottish Premiership took a hit with a painful defeat, leaving manager Brendan Rodgers and the players reflecting on what went wrong in Ayrshire. The Bhoys, after leading at half-time, faltered in the second half, allowing Kilmarnock to seize the opportunity and claim three points for themselves.
Rodgers expressed his frustration with the team’s failure to adhere to their principles in the crucial moments post-half-time, creating a somber atmosphere in the dressing room at Rugby Park following the 2-1 loss.
Brendan Rodgers Dressing Room Talk
In a statement to the Daily Record, Rodgers delved into the team’s lapses: “The players know themselves. We spoke after the game about this not aligning with our desired approach. In the second half, we played their game instead of sticking to ours.
He continued, emphasizing the key issues faced during the match: “Our major downfall in the second half was a failure to execute passes and a tendency towards negative passing. We couldn’t maintain an attacking threat as we were unable to make forward passes to progress up the pitch.”
Rodgers highlighted a missed opportunity and identified the shift in dynamics: “We had one chance when Matt ran through, but the simple things we were successful with in the first half eluded us in the second half. When facing a pressing opponent, a forward pass is crucial to relieve pressure, and unfortunately, for some reason, we weren’t able to execute that.”