FK Jablonec 2 - 4 Celtic: One thing we know we will not see at Parkhead this season

Updated: Aug 12

Jablonec vs Celtic

I think it's in the public interest that Celtic include a health warning with this season's match tickets. After another 90 minutes of watching Glasgow's green and white, my heart rate has just about settled enough for me to make a considered prediction.

I'm going to put my neck on the line and say that I don't believe Celtic will be involved in a 0-0 draw in 2021. Normally, I think I'd be okay with that, but I do have one slight concern.

On the evidence I've seen so far, our defence is better at conceding than our attack is at scoring.

In three competitive matches, our opposition have been able to find the net seven times. In the same breath, we've also scored seven goals but when we take a closer look at chances created vs goals scored, the opposition have a greater probability of finding the net than picking the ball out of their own.

Against Jablonec, Celtic raced into a two-goal lead inside sixteen minutes thanks to finishes from new signings, Liel Abada - who has had a very lively start to his Hoops career - and Kyogo Furuhashi.

James Forrest and a late Ryan Christie header completed the scoring for Celtic, who will be happy with an away win in Europe, but ultimately disappointed to have conceded at both 2-0 and 3-1 up.

Adjusting to a new style

The philosophy of Postecoglou is clear. His teams are set up to outscore whoever lines up at the opposite end of the pitch, there's no discrimination. Obviously there are clear parallels here to the 'Celtic way', and no doubt one of the main reasons the board acted on bringing the big Aussie to Parkhead.

It's also clear that for this philosophy to work effectively, our defence needs to be better at, well... defending. This will come though, and it's not limited to the performances of the four men in front of our shiny new goalkeeper, who has one training session with the team.

I'm certain that one of the next signings in this window will do his best work in the Celtic half of the pitch. And with every training session between now and then, the squad will gel and hone their defensive structure and responsibilities from Hart through to Furuhashi.

Until then, Celtic fans better strap in and enjoy the open, expansive football coming to a capacity stadium near you soon.

Jablonec vs Celtic Highlights