Top central defenders in the modern game are competent in contributing to both the defensive and attacking sides of the game: serving as both the rear guard of the team, as well as the initiators of a well-rehearsed wave of attack.
Be it Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci or David Luiz, ball playing is an underrated art for any centre-back to master: as only the best of the best can pass through opposition lines to start attacks from the line of defence.
Shane Duffy of Celtic definitely did not do his reputation as a ball-playing centre-back a world of good with his performance against Rangers last night, as his club suffered a 2-0 loss against their table-topping rivals in the Scottish Premiership at Celtic Park.
It was a shocker of a performance from the Irish defender on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, capped off by this horrible attempt at switching play.
Duffy’s attempt at a forty-yard diagonal switch of play to the left side of the pitch went awfully wrong as the ball went out of touch by quite some distance: left back Diego Laxalt didn’t even stand a chance at gaining the ball under his control.
It summed up Celtic’s overall performance from last night: wayward and toothless.
world class diagonal pass by duffy 😀 pic.twitter.com/594r6NXVtw— RED WHITE AND BLUE (@_R_W_B_) October 17, 2020
A Connor Goldson double helped Rangers defeat Celtic in a one-sided affair.
It was Celtic’s first loss of the season in the league as they fell four points behind leaders and Glasgow rivals Rangers, despite having an extra game in hand.
Barkas – Barking— Plastic Face 🃏 (@ProjectKeekz) October 17, 2020
Duffy – Hopeless
Ajer – Mediocre
Welsh – Pass Marks
Frimpong – Meh
Laxalt – Pass Marks
McGregor – Alright
Brown – Not Great
Ntcham – Invisible
Elyounoussi – Non entity
Klimala – Quiet
Not a stand out performance amongst them
Neil Lennon’s side would want to cut back the deficit and try to win their tenth successive Scottish league title in a row: trying to extend their Old Firm rivals’ long wait for a league title in the top flight of Scottish football.
Rangers would try their best to spoil the party just as they did last night, with Steven Gerrard looking to lead his team to a league title this season.