Former Scotland international Alan Hutton believes the blame should lay at the door of Celtic’s recruitment team after their woeful 2020/21 campaign.
Hammond to blame?
It has been a season to forget for the Scottish Champions having fallen 20 points behind arch-rivals Rangers before their trip to Hamilton on Sunday.
Their problems haven’t just been on the pitch, however, but off it too. The Green Brigade organised protests against chief executive Peter Lawwell over the club’s handling of their controversial Dubai trip, that was originally defended despite Scotland being in full lockdown.
Previous reports suggested that mass changes are to take place in the summer, with Hammond being one of those to be let go after bringing in Vasilis Barkas and Shane Duffy at the beginning of the campaign.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton believes that the finger needs to be pointed at Hammond and his team for this season’s failings.
He said: “That side is down to the managers, the recruitment staff, the sporting directors – these are the guys that are paid the big money to make these big decisions.
“We can’t put that down to players – players are there to play the game, work hard, do their bit. If they’re not doing good enough, those higher up let them know, that’s how it’s always worked.
“Yes, within some dressing rooms you have the odd player who’s got a great relationship with the manager, whether it be the captain or whoever, who might go in and say: ‘Look gaffer, I think we need another centre-half or whatever.’ You do get those sort of relationships but not all the time.
“I think it’s a case for those higher up and for me, you could see it. Brendan Rodgers at the time had the best team, in my opinion. He obviously left, there was obviously times within that spell that changes needed to be made, but Rangers were nowhere in sight so they didn’t have to go and spend the millions.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Hutton is spot on. It seems like the easy option to just blame the manager if things aren’t going right on the pitch. When in reality, the picture is much bigger than that.
Hammond has to take a lot of the responsibility for the way things have turned out and why they have fallen so far behind their city rivals.
While 10-in-a-row looks to be almost certainly off the cards, time will tell what changes are made at the end of the season and whether Hammond is affected.
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