Celtic's dreadful run of form at the Tony Macaroni stadium continues as Ange Postecoglou wasn't able to break a sixteen-year hoodoo and pick up a win in West Lothian.
In a performance flatter than steam-rolled pancakes, it was more a case of a European comedown rather than a hangover.
Despite hoarding 79% of the possession, Celtic never really looked like scoring, which was perhaps the most surprising element of the match considering we had the ball in the net three times over in Seville, against much better opposition.
A hallmark of Postecoglou's playing philosophy is the 'fast start'. Begin aggressively, attack with purpose and put the game to bed before the opposition have a chance to settle. This works well when the team take their chances and are defensively sound enough not to concede.
This didn't happen on Sunday afternoon; yes we dominated possession but our strikers weren't clinical enough, our midfield lacked creativity and the defence was sloppy when it mattered most.
Most importantly, there was no 'Plan B' when it was obvious as the game progressed it was going to take a different approach to get a result.
Deadline day signing and top scorer in the Eredivisie last year, Giorgos Giakoumakis, didn't make the matchday squad. Ange mentioned earlier in the week that he was ready to play his part and I can't help but think his robust playing style would've been suited to grabbing a much needed goal on a small, artificial surface.
Another summer signing, Joe Hart, gave his usual unfiltered response when speaking to the media after the game. As reported in The Herald, Hart said:
“Nice football, full-backs on the inside, all of that kind of thing, that doesn’t guarantee you are going to win. It’s not through lack of effort, it really isn’t. It was just one of those days when we just couldn’t find the right chance."
The former England number one continued:
“Playing nice football, yes we want to do that, but we want to do it for a reason - because we are trying to win the game...
But we are trying to build something, what the manager wants from us and what we want. We are all on the same page and we are going to keep pushing. It’s the start of the season, but we can’t really afford too many more of these – if any."
Six games into the season, Celtic find themselves sixth in the table with three consecutive away losses. Perhaps the only saving grace at this stage is that even with this form, we are only four points off the pace.
Next up, is a home tie in the League Cup to Championship side, Raith Rovers. A slip up here is not an option.
What did you make of yesterday's performance? Does our away form worry you? Let us know in the comments.