Celtic coach Clinton Larsen says he has sat senior players at the club down in a special meeting to try and cajole them into a more active on-field role, where they are asked to guide the younger players into a more aggressive start to matches.
Celtic, says Larsen, have developed a nasty habit of starting slow in their matches and only coming alive after half-time.
“I blame the senior players,” he said after Celtic had to pull off another come from behind win at the weekend, turning around a 0-1 deficit at half-time to beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 and move into the top eight in the Premier Soccer League standings.
“I need my senior players to take charge of the youngsters in the game and to spur them on from the start,” explained Larsen.
“But we don’t have enough leaders in the team and certainly not enough talkers. I’ve had a meeting to try and get them more active in driving the team from the opening whistle but it something we will just have to keep working at.”
Larsen was again furious with his side’s first half display in their last match but pleased they were able to turn around the situation in the second half.
Celtic have come from behind in dramatic circumstances against the likes of Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates this season.