Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that his former side have more to be worried about after recent events off the pitch.
The Bhoys have had problems both on and off the pitch this season, finding themselves way behind arch-rivals Rangers. It looks increasingly likely that 10-in-a-row could be off the table for them.
Away from the pitch, Neil Lennon’s men have been shrouded in controversy. After taking his players to Dubai while Scotland has been in full lockdown, Celtic initially defended the decision before making a drastic U-turn and apologising for it.
At the same time, chief executive Peter Lawwell criticised the media coverage that his club has received and also believed that the coronavirus pandemic has played a huge part in their failures.
Speaking to BT Sport, Sutton highlighted a fresh concern, believing that Celtic may not have necessarily wrapped up second place in the Scottish Premiership table with Aberdeen breathing down their necks.
“I think Celtic have to suck it up. They’ve dominated for so many years,” he said.
“This season has been a catastrophe, on the pitch and off the pitch. I think Peter Lawwell certainly did the right thing in coming out and apologising. He accepted the Dubai trip was wrong.
“There’s no doubt he made an error in saying that COVID had affected Celtic more than other clubs. I’m not so sure he meant it in the way that many people have come out and slammed him for. He can only speak for himself and put that right.”
Sutton continued. “They have to move on, make sure they finish in second place. I’m not so sure it’s a forgone conclusion.
“What tells us from this season that Celtic haven’t got a few more blips in them?
“Neil Lennon somehow needs to get the trust of the fans back behind him. I think it’s going to be very, very difficult, this season has been an absolute disaster for Celtic.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Sutton can be blunt at the best of times. But with Aberdeen so close behind them and with the form that Lennon’s team are currently in, it’s difficult to disagree with him.
The Bhoys desperately need to turn their form on its head while they still have their fortune in their own hands, when it comes to finishing above Aberdeen at least.
Time will tell whether Celtic can put up a fight from now until the end of the season, or whether recent events will cause them to crumble further.
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