Despite making seven changes from the side who lifted the Scottish League Cup on Sunday, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers still accused his side of not doing enough to defeat Motherwell as the two clubs played to a 1-1 draw.
“It wasn’t a very good performance,” said Rodgers. “It was a game we didn’t play well in – in particular the first-half.
“We scored a good goal and then didn’t take the chance with the penalty and also had a good goal ruled out from Filip Benkovic.
“At that stage, I wasn’t so happy with our positioning and level of our game. In the second half, our positioning was better but we were still too loose.
“Then if you don’t take chances you’re vulnerable at the end of the game. It’s definitely two points dropped.
“When you bring in full international players you’d expect it to be okay. You can’t go through a season with 11 players. We have players out injured so, yeah, it was what we had to do.
“Jonny Hayes did great and his thrust and pressing was very good. He showed moments of quality despite not playing for a while.
“But for us, and the level we’ve been at it, it was not so good.”
As a result of Wednesday’s draw, Kilmarnock are now at the top of the table, with Rangers and Celtic just one point behind – though the two Scottish giants have games in hand.
“Kilmarnock have played a couple more games but it’s still really good for them to be up there and it makes the game at the weekend very important for us.
“We knew any threat [Motherwell] might have and we dealt with it in the main.
“But it’s a poor goal to lose. We didn’t win the first ball, the second, the third, and he scores from a very narrow angle.
“It was down to concentration. We just made too many mistakes.
“It’s good for a manager to see – players will knock and ask about why they’re not playing and I need to see a game like that.
“We’ll recover and look forward to playing at home as it feels like ages since we played at home.”