Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed had a night to forget as Neil Lennon’s Hoops fell to another disappointing defeat in the Europa League last night.
The Bhoys had a difficult task ahead of them as they took on Milan on their patch, but were quick out of the starting blocks as they raced into an early two-goal lead.
Tom Rogic broke the deadlock for Celtic after just seven minutes and Odsonne Edouard doubled the visitors’ advantage on 14 minutes.
However, a defensive horror show from the Hoops led to the hosts being level by the 26th minute.
Hakan Calhanoglu halved the deficit in the 24th minute and Samu Castillejo levelled for the Rossoneri two minutes later.
Jens Hauge then netted in the 50th minute to put the hosts ahead and Brahim Diaz made sure of victory with a fourth eight minutes from time.
Three of Milan’s four came down Elhamed’s right-hand side, the defender given a torrid time by Hauge for the latter two.
“Celtic simply cannot defend,” Michael Stewart told BBC Sportsound (19:53). “The two goals in the second half are just unacceptable.
“Elhamed is meant to be better defensively, he’s been terrible in a number of games. He’s not alone though.”
Elhamed has indeed been off the boil in the last few games, disappointing in the Scottish League Cup at the weekend and again last night.
But as Stewart says, the £14,000-a-week man is by no means the only one.
So many in the Celtic squad look like shadows of their former selves, players that were simply sensational for much of last season.
When the team is playing so badly, with so many players performing so badly, there’s only one option at this point – a change of manager.