By Sam Stone

21st Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Farhad Moshiri will not be happy with what Frank Lampard said after Everton draw v Celtic

Frank Lampard’s latest comments will not have pleased Farhad Moshiri with the Everton boss still firmly in the firing line at Goodison Park.

The 44-year-old is still said to be under the spotlight from the board (Mail Sport, 17 November) with his side currently in Australia competing in the Sydney Super Cup.

Everton played out a midseason 0-0 draw against Celtic before beating The Hoops on penalties, with Lampard’s tactics leaving a lot to be desired.

Ange Postecoglou’s men enjoyed more of the ball, as the Toffees set up in a negative five at the back system which was highlighted by Lampard in his comments after the game.

“I think a back five against a possession team, which is what Celtic are, it wasn’t the worst tactic for us today because of the jetlag and the travel and all those things. I think to try and play a high press would be a difficult ask of the team in dry, hot conditions,” said Lampard (The Liverpool Echo, 20 November).

Regardless of Celtic being a “possession team” Lampard surely has to show more than just sitting back against a Scottish Premiership side.

Despite creating one or two chances, this was a game which was devoid of attacking quality and considering it’s a glorified friendly match, it is criminal for the Everton boss to have been so negative when it came to his team’s set-up.

“We know that we need to improve in front of goal in terms of our clinical nature and when we create we have to score more and then we can create more,” said Lampard.

There’s no doubting Everton must improve when it comes to putting the ball in the net. The Toffees have been blunt in front of goal this season. The game against Celtic could have been a good chance for Lampard to be more attacking in his team selection and experiment slightly more.

Another damning comment which will infuriate Moshiri were the Everton boss’ remarks on the January transfer window.

He said: “Some of that [attacking play] is improving and some of that will be the help we get in January.”

Lampard asking for “help” is a blatant admission that his summer additions have not paid off as of yet. Neal Maupay has been a failure thus far and Dwight McNeil has failed to be a prolific attacking threat for the Toffees.

Moshiri will be less than impressed by what is occurring at Goodison Park at the moment, and it won’t be a surprise to see a reluctance to offer Lampard much help in the upcoming window.