Martin O’Neill might have been a man with a plan as the manager of Celtic, but as the waning minutes tick off their home defeat to Wigan, the doubters are probably bitching and Tweet-bitching and Facebook-bitching and text-bitching en masse.
Wigan’s a capable club — this isn’t a nightmare scenario, like if the title favorite nearly drew at home to Hull City to start the season (Kidding! Mostly.). The loss hurts, but since Wigan’s won at Aston Villa every season they’ve been in the Premiership, fans are probably dulled to the pain.
No, it’s the way they lost today that’ll have O’Neill fighting off calls for his head. He’s promised more signings, but his team didn’t look a player or two away. They looked like the bottom half of the table squad, not Wigan. Wigan came in supremely confident, attacked with a winner’s mentality, and didn’t let a ref who swallowed his whistle bother them. At no point did I think, “just a little swing of momentum and Villa will be right back in this!” At best, I thought “maybe they’ll toss in a late one to make the final scoreline less humiliating.” They couldn’t even do that.
Meanwhile, Hugo Rodallega has the eye of the tiger up front for Wigan. Any team would be lucky to have him. Maybe that’s one of the guys O’Neill was thinking he could add, eh?
Little late for that.